It’s the election day! People in this country on this day doing their rights. Elect who will be the best leader for each person. What have you chose today? Hmmph.. I bet many people in this country confused about the election. All candidates just the same. Too much promising. But when elected, they forgot all the promises they ever said. Truly, I want a leader who can bring us back to normal life, bring the minority got the same rights with the others, and the most of all.. I want PEACE!
I got a short story from HEARTLIGHT Online Magazine about the election.
An Audacious Miracle!
The city was surrounded by the enemy and slowly but surely starving to death. Donkey heads were being sold on the streets for food. Even little children were being fought over by parents to be eaten as food. Humanity had sunk to its lowest possible level. It could not get any worse.
A local preacher confronted the city leadership with a message. ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½By this time tomorrow, there will be so much food that bushels of flour will be sold on the streets for pennies.ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ One leader stood to question such a bold prophecy and the preacher pointed his bony old finger in his direction and replies: ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½YouÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ll see it with your own eyes, but you will never taste any of it!ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½
What a prediction: A city going from famine to feast in 24 hours? From donkey head soup to a chicken in every pot? Does it sound like election year politics with too many empty promises? Who is this preacher trying to kid? There would have to be a military victory followed by an economic miracle and all occurring in one day! Who could possibly accomplish all of this?
Meanwhile, in another part of the city, near the outside wall were four men with leprosy, a gruesome disease believed to be highly contagious. Anyone with leprosy was considered an outcast from society. These poor men could not even remain in the city to starve with the rest of the people. They were shunned, feared and abandoned.
One leper had an idea. ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½Why stay here to die? LetÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s go to the enemy camps outside the gate and surrender? If they spare us, we might get some food and live. If they kill us…hey weÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½re dying anyway!ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ They all agreed, so in the middle of the night, four starving lepers shuffled and hobbled their way down the hill to the enemy camp to surrender and hopefully get a meal.
Here comes the miracle! The sound of their shuffling feet was somehow magnified to resemble the attack of a mighty army. The sleeping soldiers heard the noise, panicked and ran for their lives leaving their weapons, clothes and all of their food behind. What made these hardened soldiers run? The sound of four sick, starving lepers stumbling down the mountain to surrender.
As the lepers reached the camp they were greeted with silence and the inviting aroma of fresh pepperoni pizza. ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ItÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s party time!ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½ one shouted. They ate and drank, carried away money, clothes and all the food they could eat. Then they said to each other: ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½WeÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½re not doing right. This is a day of Good News and we are keeping it to ourselves. We must report this to the city.ÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½
At first the city didnÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½t believe the lepers shouting outside the gate, but they sent a scouting party and found everything to be true. The enemy had run away leaving the whole lot behind. The gates were opened and everyone rushed out to eat and take away whatever could be found. Food was so plentiful that a bushel of flour could now be sold for pennies as predicted. The leader who originally questioned the preacher was assigned the duty of counting everything that was brought back. In the confusion, he was trampled to death, all as the preacher predicted.
Wild? Yes, but itÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â¿Ã‚Â½s true. (Not the pizza) But what can we learn?
Tragedy is a part of life: The city is suffering just as you and I often suffer.
God is in the midst of our tragedy: God never abandons you.
Ordinary Humans are often used by God to accomplish miracles: Four Lepers?
Our bold faith and willingness to take risks honor God: This means you.
Hearing this story gave me the courage to give up my career and plunge into the ministry. Maybe, hearing this can inspire you to do something bold for God.
After all, if God can use four lepers to accomplish an audacious miracle, just think what can be done with you and me!
Think of that!