by Torrey Brinkley
The note read: "Thank you for asking about my dad; he is doing well. He is being humbled beyond anything he has ever gone through, and, as a result of this, God becomes more powerful in his life. I have been having conversations with him lately that are centered on the Lord. I have never experienced this in my life and it is a little hard to get used to it."
This came from a friend whom I have been mentoring for the past few years. It serves as sort of that wake-up call that parallels the scriptural admonition that many of us have read, studied, given our assent to, and maybe even passed on to others several times. You recall those words of Peter, who was deeply humbled a time or two:
"All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.' Humble yourselves therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you" (1 Pet. 5:5-7).
How appropriate a statement from bold, fearless Peter, who had denied Christ three times, in front of a meek servant girl, before Jesus' humbling walk up Calvary's Hill. How neat to hear these gentle words from Peter, the leader of the early church, who had to be shown that there were other peoples and races to be included in God's heavenly kingdom.
We all need to be humbled, no matter what our station in life, no matter our age, or status, our position of importance, or how long since we "attained maturity." We are little good to ourselves, to our family, to our neighbors, to our church, to those at work or in the community, if we have not been truly humbled a time or two (or oftener).
Perhaps none of us have been deeply hurt or humbled in the same way that my friend's father has been. He awoke one morning a month before my friend's note, to find that his (Evangelical Christian) wife of 31 years had decided that she was leaving and never coming back. Pray that it not happen to you-although we know many (even Christians) to whom this has occurred.
Have you ever had those long deep personal chats with members of your own family circle about things of the Lord, so that such conversation does not sound strange and uncertain?
We all need to personalize those striking words of the Old Testament that were given for more than just political speech-making time: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14).
Appreciate your prayers for my friend and our continued conversations together. He just doesn't understand how Christian parents could do this, after preaching the "family faithfulness" example for all these years.