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Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “Elisha said, ‘Don’t be afraid, for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed, ‘Lord, please open his eyes and let him see.’ So the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:16-17 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Have you had a “thin place” moment?”
In 2 Kings chapter six the prophet Elisha was in a bit of a tough spot. The king of Aram had sent an entire army to track him down and either capture or kill him. When Elisha’s servant got up in the morning and stepped outside, he discovered that they were surrounded by this large army that was ready to move in on them. In despair he rushed to Elisha and said, “Oh, my master, what are we to do?”
To that Elisha replied that there was no need to despair because there was actually a great spiritual army of angels surrounding the physical army that was surrounding them, and therefore they were going to be just fine. Elisha prayed and asked God to open the servant’s eyes to the spiritual reality around them, and when He did, the servant had a glimpse of the spiritual reality that existed just on the other side of the thin veil which separates the physical world from the spiritual world.
In Celtic culture they teach of “thin places” where, perhaps only for a moment, the veil between this world and the other is parted and a glimpse can be caught into the spiritual realm. Such times are stunning and they help us to understand and appreciate the presence of the holy all around us. Those experiences can change a person and last a lifetime. The servant of Elisha had such an experience but for Elisha, it wasn’t new. Elisha knew of the existence of “thin places” and had apparently had such experiences before. The servant got to experience it because he was with Elisha at the right time.
One of the things I love about church life is that it puts me in the presence of mature Christians who are aware of and who have experienced “thin place” moments. They have had those times when the veil seems to have parted, they realized that they were in the presence of the holy, and it changed them. I love to be with people like that. They have sometimes helped to usher me into such experiences as well.
Tomorrow, I will tell you about one such moment when a mentor of mine helped me to have a “thin place” moment. For now, I want to encourage you to be preparing yourself for your group worship with your church family this Sunday. Perhaps the Lord will have a “thin place” moment for you.
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