I Want to Know My Future Jesus loved baby Brenda. The one year old baby sat in an empty tub all alone in the bathroom for hours without toys or food. Her mother was drunk and asleep in the living room. As the child grew her mother punished her regularly for being a child. If she was dirty she was spanked. If she spilled her milk she was isolated in her room. If she refused to wear the clothes her mother chose for her, she was whipped without mercy. The little girl suffered in silence, unprotected and not loved. A tear fell from Jesus’ eyes. He loved Brenda and He watched over her every day. He whispered words of encouragement in her little ears. He healed her wounds.
Philippians 1: 28: “Don’t be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose and that you will win because it is God who gives you the victory.”
When the child grew she embraced her life by making herself invisible from the people who lived in her house. She walked in the hallway with her back against the wall terrified that her older mentally ill sister would suddenly appear. If she caught her she knew that the beating she would receive would be severe. Jesus knowing what was about to happen commanded Brenda to run as fast as she could away from her. Sometimes Brenda’s sister caught her and Jesus gave her the idea to curl up in a ball and cover her head with her arms to protect herself. Jesus loved Brenda and He helped her by showing her the safe places in the top of closets. He even helped her climb a big tree to escape the daily evil she faced in her abusive home. He never left Brenda alone.
Philippians 1:29: “For you have been given the privilege of serving Christ, not only by believing in him, but also by suffering for him.”
Her parents were living their lives in a drunken stupor. They dragged the little girl to bars and left her to take care of herself for hours. The little girl learned to play quietly under tables and in the bathroom. Her parents were so consumed with living their lives that they ignored how unsafe the environments were for the little girl. Jesus witnessed her pain and gave her the courage she needed to live. He never left her alone.
Philippians 2: 1: “Your life in Christ makes you strong, and his love comforts you. You have fellowship with the Spirit, and you have kindness and compassion for one another.”
Brenda loved to go to school and she excelled in every subject. Her brilliants were recognized by the school and she was put in accelerated classes. Jesus blessed her in everything she did. He taught her the difference between right and wrong and Brenda made choices to never be like her parents or sister. She was nice to her fellow students. She was compassionate when a child was hurt on the playground. She encouraged another child when she was bullied by another student. She learned to love others even when she was not loved at home. Jesus was her teacher helping her to see that how she was treated at home was wrong. When Brenda was twelve she got sick and had to have her tonsils out. Her mother dropped her off at the hospital and abandoned her for the next three days. She only came to the hospital to pick her up. Brenda was sick and alone, but Jesus never left her side. He loved her even when her parents were too busy drinking to take care of her. He used this time to teach her how wrong her parents were to leave her alone when she was sick. Brenda learned lessons that helped her to decide to do the right thing even when the wrong thing was done to her.
Philippians 2: 14&15: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may be innocent and pure as God’s perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky.”
When Brenda was sixteen and her sister was at college her mother had an operation. Brenda stayed at the hospital and helped her mom. When she came home to recover Brenda took care of her. Brenda would never be like her mom. She would do the right thing even if her mother never did the right thing for her. She had learned the lessons Jesus whispered in her ear as she grew up in a home where she was not loved. She was a bright shining star for Jesus. When Brenda grew up she turned into a young woman with integrity and she had a determination to succeed. She made choices to never drink. She made choices to never abuse a child. She made good choices because she learned the lessons Jesus taught her from the suffering she went through in her childhood. She went to college and became a Social worker and she helped abused children. Later she helped patients who were victims of Aids. Many of them died from the disease and their deaths gave her a calling she never expected. Now she would dedicate her life to helping people who were dying. As her career grew she felt a call from God to establish her own hospice business. Determined to do God’s will she sold everything she had and began her own business. She was very successful in everything she did because she loved Jesus. The principles He taught her during her abusive childhood helped her to do the right thing for all the people she helped. Brenda’s company became known throughout the entire state as a model for other hospices to follow.
Philippians 3:10&11: “All I want is to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his sufferings and become like him in his death, in the hope that I myself will be raised from death to life.”
Does God allow child abuse? “No! He hates child abuse.” We live in a corrupt and evil world where people have the ability to make bad choices that hurt children. They hurt children because they choose to do what is wrong. Jesus loves children. He sends His Holy Spirit to help them survive the trauma of abuse. He blesses those who listen to His voice and gives them a better life that lifts them up and turns them into better people. They are the people who run businesses with integrity. They are the children who make a choice to live good lives that become role models for everyone else.