Clean up man
CLEANUP MAN By Kay King-Hill
David Hinton, a special son-in-
the Savior whom I inherited
several years ago, shared his
blessing of meeting Kegley
custodian. I guess we can call
him the cleanup man. Piltching
this in--you do know in the
chronicles of sports, baseball''s
cleanup position is key to
victory. After previous batters
load the bases, cleanup steps in
to bring them home! So it is
with commercial brooms and mops,
disinfectants and wastebasket
liners, Kegley''s maintenance man
is equipped with a far more
powerful entity. Prayer.
"I don''t even know the patients
here," this employee confided,
"but I pray for each one of them
every day.!" Cleanup?Yes, the
Temple Texas clinic''s clincher of
Well, right here let''s revisit a
couple of this custodian''s
predecessors. From Scripture, we
can consider the prophet Elisha.
(His mom must have named her son
in faith, for his moniker means
God is Savior! Cleanup man this
kid was destined to be,
especially in later life with
that double-portion anointing
procured by Elijah, his revered
predecessor. At one point Elisha
visited the home of a widow after
she''d learned that creditors
would soon confiscate her sons to
satisfy her indebtedness. So
then God''s man on the scene
proceeded to close out her crisis
by telling her to borrow "not a
few" empty vessels to hold God''s
divine, lifegiving Supply of
oil.! Okay. I''ll try to resist
the temptation to interpret God''s
Holy Ghost anointing oil prayed
into and filling our own empty
places. Well, I almost resisted.
. . .
Then farther along his missionary
journey, Elisha met a kind and
gracious lady of Shunem, to whom
he prophesied God would grant her
heart''s desire--the birth of a
son. Of course God fulfilled His
Word to Elisha but the severest
of tragedies was to ensue. In a
later season, illness and death
invaded this Shunemmite''s home.
After her son had died, his
mother literally shut the door on
death and ran for the man of God
(2 Kings 4:25). In this
wonderful Old Testament story we
see portrayed the amazing miracle
of resurrection from the dead!
Elisha stepped up after this
mom''s life had already been
loaded with shock and shattered
by grief. In faith he spoke The
Word of Life into her boy! God''s
cleanup man with God''s Divine
resurrection power? Yes and Amen!
But one more scene in Elisha''s
adventurous role as cleanup after
the only solution would be . . .
God''s Sovereign Power. As a
group of young seminary students
inadvertently picked wild
poisonous gourds for their soup,
Elisha called for some meal (an
Old Testament mercy offering in
Hebrew culture) to be added to
the pot of stew. So then in his
faith-saturated soul, Elisha
simply transformed the poisonous
substance to "mercy in the pot."
What a recipe! That''s strong
cleanup right there!
Glory. Glory hallelujah. But let
me say this. Sometimes God''s
cleanup man . . . is a girl.
Matthew 9:20 portrays a lady
who''d been trapped in a
debilitating problem a long time.
Against all protocol, she dared
make her faith touch Christ for
His Wholeness and her purity.
Against all Jewish law, she
pursue her Healer and went home
with an undeniable, miraculous
healing. Cleanup? Yes.
But let''s close out this one by
bowing our hearts before the
greatest, most miraculous
expression of Love the world has
ever known. Christ''s Blood-
Stained Death on the Cross
sin, every sickness, every
impurity of believers'' lives.--
Psalm 103:3! And then Christ
punctuated His Victory by
speaking the most vital, powerful
Word of all time--indeed,
throughout time and eternity.
"Tetelestai!" It is finished!"--