Beautiful People: The Prophetic Child

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beautiful people: the prophetic childBeautiful People is driven by brave warriors humble enough to tell their stories. It gives hope to the hopeless and heals our blindness, exposing misconceptions about the down and out – beautiful people living on the fringe.

Last week I only had one person show up for my bible study. She was a lovely young child, only 14 years old, that hadn’t been exposed to God’s word. I told her that since it was just us we could read any part of the bible that might interest her. She opened up the book and pointed to the middle of a page randomly. Of course it ended up being Isaiah 57, a really difficult place to start with a 14 year-old. I tried to explain to her that this was not a good place to start “let’s read the new testament” I said. She simply smiled, paused and said she wanted to read this. I patiently explained that it’s like starting a movie from the middle. “Let’s begin in Genesis or the new testament” I prodded again to which she smiled and pointed to the same spot in Isaiah. Two more times I tried to dissuade her and two more times she politely led me back to Isaiah.

Thinking she might have a screw lose (which as it turned out was my problem, not hers) we started reading of idols, keeping the Sabbath holy and fasting, but then I read what I believe God insisted on me hearing that day through my little friend.

Isaiah 58:6-12

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness[a] will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.”

For a while I have felt called to serve and have started participating in various outreach efforts to the poor and imprisoned.  On this day, no matter how hard I fought it, God had a message for me. He turned this young child into a persistent prophet, forcing me toward an encouraging and affirming piece of scripture.

This story was brought to you by Anne Kent

Anne Kent HeadshotAnne is an accomplished entrepreneur and follower of Jesus. She recently stepped away from her commercial ventures to begin ministering full-time to those in need. Anne has a passion for people and will never shy away from someone who needs her help. She resides in in the Milwaukee area with her loving husband who spends winters dreaming of his native Miami, Florida.

 

photo by Eljee

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