Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rescue Shops Where?

***Hey ya'll. Nice to be back. Looks like my break lasted a little longer than expected. But anyway here I am ! Blessings of peace & all that is good.***



Ruth Bell Graham received her calling early in life.

She knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God was calling her to the mission fields of Tibet. She was born and raised in China where her parents were medical missionaries. Her calling was accurate but the location would be off by just a little.

During a crusade years later-- looking across the New York city skyline-- she came to the realization that this concrete jungle was her mission field--and her calling was that of being the wife of Rev. Billy Graham and mother to their five children. At her funeral service in June of 2007 Franklin Graham (her son) was quoted as saying his father would not have been who and what he was had it not been for his mother.

In 1975, shortly after I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and while on fire for Him as I possibly could be, I quoted the following statement during a testimony service at church.

"Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bells; I want to run a rescue shop one yard from hell." ~C.T. Studd~

Fast forward thirty-six years. It is late at night and I am once again lamenting to my husband the trials and travails of working on the detox unit. There is a pause in our conversation when he takes a deep breath and says to me--well you asked for it.

I say--pardon me? What? How and when did I "ask for it"?

He says--don't you remember? Thinking he has lost his mind I say--no, as a matter of fact I don't remember! Enlighten me please!

He says--years ago you stood up in church and said something about wanting to run rescue shops close to hell. Don't you think that is what you have been doing all these many years? Aren't those addicts in hell? Mentally, physically and often times spiritually? Haven't you been there to at least try to rescue them? You asked for it and God gave you what you asked for.

It's not often I am left speechless, but as a matter of fact, I was. I could not believe my husband remembered that long ago, heart felt quote I had made during a testimony service in church. I had to admit it-- God had indeed given me exactly what I had asked for.

So often we visualize our calling in life one way and God determines that we carry out that very same call in a different kind of way.

Ruth Graham felt called to the mission field of Tibet. God called her to be the wife of Rev. Billy Graham and not only Tibet, but the entire world would be their mission field.

I felt called to help people and apparently as close to hell as possible. God chose a detox unit for me to set up shop in.

Have you ever thought maybe your calling in life has never come to full fruition?

I challenge you to do three things. Give God time, pay attention and look closely.

Remembering is helpful as well.


Finding Pam said...

Debra, this is an amazing post. I love Ruth Graham. She is inspirational.

I am glad to see a post from you.
I hope you and your family are doing well.

Sonja said...

You are so right, and so is your hubby! Yikes... one more reminder that God's ways don't look like what we think they are going to, many times.

I know your 'calling' has to be such a challenge. It's true, God saw your willing heart, and He gave you more than you probably ever expected!

Keep up the good work. You are so needed where you are.

Jen said...

I remember sitting in corn dog 7 in the mall when I worked at Lee's Fashion Outlet...thinking I was being called to be a missionary. Well, I wasn't saved at that time..I was running from the Lord. However, I now have a mission school: laws to keep God out,drugs, abuse, and so much more. I don't feel like a missionary, but deep down inside I know that I am.

PS so glad you're back!
Love Ya, Jenny

Mimi said...

YOur posts always inspire me and nearly bring me to tears. Drug abuse is indeed a bit of hell for most of them, I have known a few addicts and I would call their lives PURE HELL. So if you even help just one to be SET FREE you have done a mighty thing!!!
Praise God they have you!!!
Have a Blessed weekend my dear sweet friend
hugs 2 U,

Susan said...

Loved this Debra!!!!

goodnightgram said...

Welcome back, Debra. And what a touching post. How much more people must appreciate their rescue when it's one yard from hell! We should all find a spot on the one yard line, eh?

Buttercup said...

So glad to see you posting. I found, too, that when I said to G-d, "Here I am..." He took me at my word.

Maxine said...

Wow, Debra. This is powerful. That quote is amazing. God bless you. Your husband is so right and may the Lord use you mightily in His service just where you are. Thank you for reminding me of Ruth Graham. She was always a favorite for me.

forsythia said...

Time, attention, and looking closely. Thank you for these wise words.