Hollow…

“…there is death in the pot!”

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“But while they were eating the stew, they cried out, “O man of God, there is death in the pot!” (II Kings 4:40)

I guess this fish I found on a beach in Texas didn’t get the message that there was death in the pot in which he was swimming.  In a way the fish reminds me of the young woman who came to see me one day at my counseling office.  She had a similar sort of “hollow” look about her as she explained that she had been an “exotic dancer.”  She wondered out loud how she had missed the warning that there was emotional, spiritual “death in the pot” where she was dancing.  She danced and danced until she literally danced her life away.  Nothing remained but the shell of a young woman filled with remorse and shame.  The death in the pot in which she lived and danced hid its true intent behind the allure of false attraction and promise.  She came to a pastoral counselor seeking healing and new life.  She found what she needed in the grace of God in Christ.  She found that God can forgive and renew.

In the book of II Kings from the Bible, the men alerted the prophet Elisha to the fact that the stew that was about to be served to the people contained deadly herbs.  The prophet threw in some flour, served the stew, and no one was harmed.  Once more, the power of God at work in the prophet brought transformation and life where only death was brewing.  God can heal and transform if we heed the warning and fall into divine love.  I pray that God will help me hear the warning when I’m about to taste the “death in a pot,” and help me serve the love of Christ to those who might have already tasted the “death in the pot.”  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Gary
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on February 24, 2010.

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