My daughter has had a rough three weeks. She was diagnosed with the flu over Easter Break. Then she sprained her ankle, when she returned to school and played on the monkey bars at recess. She had X-rays and nothing was broken. On Monday, she woke up with a fever, so I took her to the doctor. She was diagnosed with a virus. Yesterday, she started coughing and her fever went up. I asked our church to pray for her, because I am concerned, and I feel like I needed to request prayers for her. I took her back to the doctor today. The doctor didn’t give her medicine. She said we could came back on Saturday for a follow-up or get an X-ray tomorrow to see if she has pneumonia. I made an appointment for Saturday and texted my husband. He said to get an X-ray, so I went back up to the doctor’s office to get the form for an X-ray. I just want her to get better.
I just sent an email to my daughter’s field hockey coach that she won’t be at the game on Saturday, and he said that he would pray for her. I had no idea that he was Christian, but I admire how he said that he would pray for her, not knowing our beliefs. Our last name could be associated with a few different religions. His actions remind me of the ‘remnant’ in the bible. The remnant is small group of faithful people left among the masses. In today’s society, do you ever feel like you shouldn’t say, “I will pray for you” to someone whose faith is unknown to you? I do. Why? Is it too hard to stand my ground and hold firmly to my beliefs among others that may not be Christian? That is a question that I need to ponder.
In the bible, God talks about how Jerusalem will be the Holy city of the future. “The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.” I love this image, especially in my neighborhood, where the kids are always running in the streets, and I am nervous about the cars flying past my house. I love the idea of kids playing in the street and being safe, having fun with no worries. God says it may seem marvelous to the remnant, but will it be marvelous to me? In other words, what we think is unbelievable and impossible, is not so to God.
“The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the Lord Almighty.
–Zechariah 8:5-6 (NIV)
The remnant is mentioned again, in Zechariah 8. The remnant, the good and faithful ones will be blessed and rewarded. In the future, the remnant will prosper. The heavens will drop dew on their crops. The remnant will have earned an inheritance for their faith. God will save the cursed and turn them into blessings.
But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the Lord Almighty.
“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”
–Zechariah 8:11-13 New International Version (NIV)
Thousands of years have passed. The book of Zechariah was written in 520–518 BC. And, what has changed? I would love a day when my children could safely play in the streets, without fear of being snatched by a child abductor, bitten by an unleashed dog or hit by a car. The remnant is still here too. Society tells us what to believe and gets mad at us if we don’t listen. They become angry and call us names for following God’s laws. We have to make a choice each day to follow God and not get drawn into what society wants us to do. When you have the little tug at your heart, listen to it and pray. Any inheritance from the Lord is better than fitting in with the crowd today. The remnant is a shining light of hope.