Next!

“Next!” I slightly yelled for the next arrestee on line. There was a line piling up on the male side of the prison’s Intake as I worked there last Saturday night. They would line up after being searched by the deputies. As they arrived from different cars: Sheriff's, Highway Patrol, City Cops... Except they couldn’t come in, into my small clinic, until their arresting cop was right there by the door. Before they could see me and be interviewed by me.

“How come you have bruises on your left arm?”

“It’s the cops! They did something to it!” a drunk male whispered, as he slowly rotated his left shoulder. The smell of alcohol reeked inside that small room and I held my breath.

“I think my shoulder hurt, too. I don't know what the cops did to me,” he whined.

Checking his charges really quick, I uttered, “Sir, you were arrested because you had a fight with your spouse. Am I correct?”

He just scratched his head. Didn’t say anything.

“In case, you end up staying in the jail, you may put a sick call request though. If your shoulder or the bruises start bothering you. Okay?”

"Tell me the truth. Lay it all out. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to help you with your medical condition if you don't tell me what truly happened."

He just whispered a soft “thank you”. The cop was smiling at me. He knew that I caught him lying. For blaming the authorities when he was injured fighting with his spouse. He tried to resist their arrest.

“Next!”….I yelled as I was wondering what the next case would be. The arresting cop stood by the door and called his arrestee to sit down in front of me.

God has been calling “next!” to each of us. He wants us to approach His room of mercy. But we couldn’t approach Him without the Cop standing before us. We can only approach God’s mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. No one else. No other means.

At the end of the road? Don't know where to go in your life's journey? Tell him the truth!

Hooked up on drugs and other illegal substances? Give it to Him.

Tired of trials and heavy loads? Give it to Him!

Lay down your pride...Be still...Listen to His call!

"NEXT!!!"

“Now let me address all of you, high and low, rich and poor, one with another, to accept of mercy and grace while it is offered to you; Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and will you not accept it, now it is offered unto you?” - George Whitefield



[On the side note, I said I was busy! I am! But glory to God for giving me time and strength to do everything today and still be able to write for Him. Thank You Lord and thank You that through Jesus, we are able to come boldly before Your throne of grace. I love You Lord!]….

Okay, precious friends...Gotta' go again and may you all have a wonderful day and be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Always ask for His protection in everything that you do. If I have time later, I will try to visit you and maybe we can all have coffee? God bless you all!

12 comments:

  1. I am so thankful that God calls "next" to me ever time that I fail and need His mercy! And because of Jesus He beckons me always to come boldly to His throne where He generously provides mercy for my failures and grace to help me in my time of need. Amen!!!

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  2. Oh how I wish my sister could know how Jesus stands there waiting for her with His arms wide open, calling "next". I want her, for the first time in her life to experience true joy. She is doing fine now; I spent the afternoon with her. And thank you for the lovely words and encouragement on my blog. :)

    On another note. Thank you for praying -- I got a job today! I start tomorrow. I'm a bit nervous because I'll be out of my element, but I believe that if that's where God wants me, then I'll grow into it!

    Big hugs,
    Lisa

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  3. Rosel,

    I can only imagine how humiliating it was for that man to tell you that his shoulder injury was caused by his fight with his wife. He would probably feel lower if he had to admit the truth.

    Thank goodness that you are always there to help these people become a better person on the inside. I can't wait to see the life and times of your life.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  4. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've heard "next" in my spiritual journey. I've got the coffee pot on and the carrot cake is cooling so we can put the buttercream frosting on. Wish you were here.

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  5. Rosel,
    Thank you again my friend for all you do for HIM!!!! I love you. You are in my prayers always.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Bren

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  6. What a great post! And, you're right. God is always standing there saying "next". I'm grateful that He always is and that we can bring our troubles, burdens, and heartaches to Him through Jesus Christ. Like the police officer in your story, I just imagine Jesus is standing there smiling as well. Sweet, sweet Jesus!

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. God bless you!

    Georgia

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  7. Oh Rosel ~ If so many were open their ears to hear that precious word ~ NEXT! What a gift they would find, what open doorways and forgiveness awaits them! May we all keep our eyes and ears in tune with what the Spirit is saying to US!

    Coffee is on my friend and my arms are wide open ready to wrap them around your sweet neck (ever so gently so I won't hurt you!!!)

    Love you

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  8. I love, love, LOVE novel size comments and please know I love hearing - reading about someone expressing their faith. What I love about reading your blog is how you use analogy to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You don't write too much and if anyone says they do, you tell them to come talk to me. ;)

    And, I know you're right. God loves all His creation. I'm sure you see and hear a lot where you work. I'm ashamed to admit this, but sometimes it's hard to imagine God would love anyone who would hurt a child, but He does. I suppose I get so angry because watching my children suffer is so hard for me. However, no matter how angry and disgusted I get at my ex-husband's actions, I've never ceased in praying for him, but I do appreciate you reminding me God's loves all His children no matter what.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I began crying at your heart-felt words... knowing someone cares is simply awesome and the greatest of all blessings. Your encouraging words have truly helped me, so again, thank you!

    Now, see? I can write novel sized comments, too. I love sending them just as much as receiving them, so type away. I won't mind it one little bit! :D God bless you today and every day, and know you're always in my prayers.

    Your sister and friend in Christ,
    Georgia

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  9. I have missed visiting my bloggy friends! You have a great gift of taking the ordinary of life and relating it to the extraordinary of God.

    I hope to be back more regularly soon!
    May you find peace and rest in your hurry!
    Shalom,
    Denise

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  10. I'm so grateful that I can bring my troubles to God and that He does provide direction when I don't know where to go or what to do.

    Be blessed dear one.

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  11. Well said!
    Thanks for sharing truth so creatively.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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