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The Walking Stick

Be healed!

Application:

Jesus will fill you with joy as you serve God with all of your heart.

Outline:

This is a two-part story of what life may have been like in Jesus' time.

Text:

Jeremiah 31:3, "I have loved you with an everlasting love."

 

Part 1

I'm the Boss!

Rachel was a young girl who lived in the town of Nazareth, which was about thirty kilometres from the sea of Galilee.  She was an only child, but had been born blind.  "Rachel" means "Female Sheep" and so her Friend, Jesus called her "Little Lamb."

Her family was very poor and lived near a big and happy family with five brothers and several sisters.  The eldest brother was a carpenter and Rachel loved to sit in His workshop and smell the fragrant wood shavings, and listen to Jesus singing while He worked.

Many times she would pretend to be the boss and insist that she test the quality of Jesus' work that He had done that day.  As she felt the smooth wood and perfect joints she would say, "H'mm not bad at all!   Did You do Your best work?"  And each time Jesus would smile and reply, "Yes, Little Lamb, only our best will please our Heavenly Father."

The Walking Stick:

One day when she was twelve, Jesus made her a walking stick.  "Here Little Lamb, I have made you a special stick that will show you where the good paths lead, and one day you will see My face!"

"Oh, thank You, Jesus," she sighed, "I would love to see Your face, but You know I was born blind.  Anyway, now I can walk around on my own and not trip and fall over rocks on the path!"

Jesus told her, "Be patient Little Lamb, "My time has not yet come.  But your faith will yet surprise you!"  He then showed her how to use her stick and soon she was walking around Nazareth as confidently as any person with two good eyes.  The stick became her constant companion wherever she went.  People soon grew used to the sound of "tap..tap..tap" and would wait for a cheerful little girl to greet them.

Jesus Starts His Ministry:

It was two years later when Jesus called her into His workshop and said, "My time has come and this is the last wheel that I will make.  What do you think of it?"  Rachel was horrified, "But You cannot go away.  You are my best Friend and I cannot bear to lose You!"  As she felt the smooth wood of the wheel, Jesus gently told her, "I must be about My Father's business.  I have other work to do and far to travel.  But, fear not Little Lamb, I will be back some day soon.   Remember what I taught you and don't lose your faith."

Rachel sniffed loudly as she buried her head in Jesus' clothes, "I am going to miss You so much," she whispered as Jesus comforted her.   "Farewell, Rachel.  Have I not promised that I will always care for you and will never let you go?"

Next morning Rachel sadly listened as Jesus said goodbye to His mother and brothers and sisters, and then strode away down the dusty road.  As His footsteps faded in the distance she scrambled as fast as she could up the steep side of a hill.  This had been her favourite place to sit and listen to stories that Jesus told her.  Tears ran down her cheeks as she imagined His tall figure disappearing into the distance.

If you want to hear the rest of the story, make sure you are here next week!

 

PART 2

He's Coming Home!

For many days life was lonely and often she would climb to the top of the hill and imagine she could hear Jesus' cheerful voice calling to her.  She would run her fingers along the smooth length of her stick, and her heart would lift as she remembered that Jesus had promised to return.

She was glad one day when she heard her parents talking with Mary about the news of the miracles and healing that Jesus was doing.  Then came the day when she went to Mary's house and found it in a total uproar.   "Jesus is coming home!" they shouted, "He's coming home!"  The family rushed around making food and cleaning the house as never before.

Rachel danced with excitement when someone called, "He's here!  Come and see the Master!"  She reached for her stick and raced her way up the hill to her favourite place.  She hugged herself as she listened as an excited crowd grew nearer.  When it grew cool as the sun set, she slithered down the hill, but was too shy to meet Jesus.

Jesus Teaches:

Next day she heard that Jesus had visited the local synagogue and begun to teach there.  The crowd that came to hear Him exclaimed, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?"  She couldn't believe her ears when some began to say, "Is this not the carpenter's son?  Isn't His mother's name Mary, and aren't His brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas?  And aren't all His sisters with us?  So where did this man get all these things?"  And they began to be angry with Jesus.

Later that day, Rachel plucked up her courage and waited until Jesus came down the street towards His home.  She shyly came forward as she heard Him talking to His disciples and saying, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honour."

Rachel Sees!

Rachel felt her heart swell and spoke up, "But Jesus, I still believe in You!"  Jesus turned around and gathered Rachel into His arms.  "Little Lamb, you have not lost your faith!  Oh, My child, receive your sight!"

Rachel was startled as her eyes opened and she blinked as she saw the sun and the blue sky for the first time in her life.  She gazed around in wonder at the colours of the grass, trees and flowers.  Many faces beamed down at her.  "Where is He?" she whispered, "I must see His face."

The Son of God!

A quiet voice replied, "It is I, little one!"  Rachel spun around and there was a kind smiling man holding out His arms to her.  She ran to Him with joy and hugged Jesus as if she would never let Him go.  "It's You!" she cried, "You are the Son of God ... and You look just like I imagined!"

"Your faith has opened your eyes," said Jesus as she sat down at His feet.  "You were right about my stick," said Rachel as she played with her walking stick.  "It has led me and kept me in safe pathways wherever I went.  Many times it comforted me when I was feeling sad, but I would remember that You promised to return."

Your Best Work:

"Master," she spoke again as she looked into the gentle eyes of her Friend.  "I don't need this stick any more.  It has done it's work and served me well, but I remember that You it was Your best work!"

"Yes Little Lamb," replied Jesus, "And only our best will please our Heavenly Father."

"Well, I am going to live for God all my life and please Him in every way that I can," said Rachel.  And with that Jesus reached down and placed His hands on her and blessed her in His Father's Name.

Walking On:

A few days later Rachel said a fond goodbye to Jesus as He left Nazareth to continue with His ministry.  She never forgot how He had looked at her with such love and compassion shining out of His eyes!  She was filled with joy because she knew that Jesus was the promised Saviour, and went on to serve God with all her heart for the rest of her life.

And dear child, are you willing to give your life to Jesus and serve Him with all your heart for the rest of your life?  I hope and pray that you will!

God bless.
 

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