If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.
We took a few days to travel to Crimea to see what the Lord might have for us. We so enjoyed the beauty of southern Ukraine.
Meet Vladimir. He is 72 years old and spends several days a week along the waterfront of the Black Sea playing his accordion. I looked closer as we came near. Hearing his music, I knew he loved the sound....he enjoyed what he was doing. I couldn't find the cannister to collect monies although I was sure there must be one.
I was compelled to meet him and so I asked my friends to translate for me. I learned that he once traveled to the US in his early days and had even spent time at Carnegie. He was a music teacher for many years after studying in school. He expressed that no one cares for his music and was surprised to receive our small gift for his musical blessing.
How did Vladimir come here? He hadn't washed for a very long time, it was apparent. While his face showed a beautiful smile, my own heart ached as I felt his. I had to ask. Vladimir, what happened to your leg? His response, "When you walk outside of God this happens to you." He never would explain what happened to lose his leg but he quoted some of what Paul says in scripture.
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.” Romans 3:11-12
I was surprised to hear him quote from scripture and then he said, "It is too late for me."
This is the power God has given to us. That we would not walk anywhere ever again without looking into the hearts of those around us. That we might deliver the precious life giving spirit of Jesus Christ to those who have lost hope or never known hope. My time with Vladimir was short and I don't know what tomorrow will look like for him but for today I can say without doubt, Love touched him. His glistening eyes spoke thankfulness. The touch of love in prayer holds the POWER of the Cross!
53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
Where, O death, is your sting?”