Wednesday, May 9, 2018

He Continues To Leave The 99

Chantelle Henderson ©2018

Main Church Building
Matthew 18:12

"What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?

Inside these buildings I grew up in middle and high school. Oh, if these walls could talk. They would tell you that it is where I was developed in the faith. It is a small southern Baptist Church in Snellville, Georgia. Many a trip were taken that started from its parking lot in the church’s van. In the summers it was for our week long Centrifuge Youth camps. In the winter, it was ski trips to Gatlinburg, TN. I cannot keep track of how many conversations took place on the stairs as a confused and often wounded, hurt, and broken teen. No one knew my greatest secret. While being sexually abused it was the only place of comfort, healing, and protection. It was also a tremendous source of joy, laughter, and discovering who I am in Christ. I could barely wait for Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. 
Youth Building

Now, it is doing the same thing as an adult, the woman who was molded and shaped from the young teenage girl in these buildings, is rediscovering with a new sense of renewal and hope, that inside the walls of these two buildings made of brick and mortar, there is an agent of healing, restoration, and joy. Every week I am here I still can’t help but to believe that the Lord knew that I would need it just as desperately now as I did back then. This is what I call Heavenly Papa blowing me kisses. He knew what it would take for me to walk on the road He has set before me. 

Stairway In The Youth Building
There's a Christian song out right now that's called Reckless Love and the lyrics go something like this:

"There's no shadow You won't light up
Mountain You won't climb up
Coming after me,
There's no wall You won't kick down
Lie You won't tear down
Coming after me,
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, 
reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine,
And I couldn't earn it, 
I don't deserve it, 
Still, You give Yourself away,
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, 
reckless love of God"

Many, many, many, too many to count throughout my life, he has left the 99 to come after me.  Nothing- mistakes made unintentionally and intentionally, deliberate sin, rebellion, disobedience, I mean NOTHING could ever separate me from The Father's love.  And nothing can ever separate you from His love either.  Romans 8:38-39 assures us that we are forever bound to the heart of our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Thank You Papa for the sweet details that we often overlook in the busyness and distractions of life. Thank You for reminding me that You will do whatever it takes. Thank You for leaving the 99 to come after  I found my baptism certificate a couple days ago and thought I'd share it below.  Oh the memories.......