Pretty soon, I’m taking a trip down country roads.
A neighboring county where the roads become pretty hills and valleys, oak trees and old barns, daffodils blooming freestyle.
I’ll be looking for an old country cemetery that might have one headstone marked with the name belonging to an ancestor on my daddy’s side.
An ancient military man named Jabez Hendrix.
My brother, connecting and seeking, a habit of his.
A longing, perhaps to understand more, to fill in missing pieces and endings to stories that might be clearer, happier and hopeful.
Just so happens Jabez Hendrix is buried close by.
In the meantime, I am fascinated by Jabez of the Bible.
Just a few sentences about one son in a family of several sons.
Likened to the runt of a large breed of pups.
The one that caused mama dog pain, scrawny and most likely not the pick of the litter. The son whose name meant “bore in pain”.
Yet, he believed and trusted God for more.
Was bold enough to grasp the possibility of a God who created all.
Was confident enough to request more than just enough
Was humble enough to ask for God to stay close by, to ask for God to keep his hand ever present.
Yet, he knew of frailty and falling asking God, “keep me from evil.”
Jabez, born to fail, believed in more.
Asked for more and received.
I’m praying like Jabez going on four days now.
Thinking of the blessings God has for me.
The blessings I never thought to ask for
The people he wants to place on my path
The broadening of my territory, my influence and influencers.
His hand, at my humble request kept securely close
Keeping me from evil.
Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil…So God granted him what he requested. I Chronicles 4: 9-10
The one who was most shy, most awkward, most likely to hide away.
The one searching for identity and getting lost in life, disconnected, disowned, discarded
I am the one who believes, finally in God.
His hand upon me.
His placing and planning of my territory.
His keeping me from evil.
Loved by God, the one with less than hopeful beginning and rebellious crazy, scary middle.
Fascinated and acquainted with God’s Jabez
The humble believer.
A courageous soldier, ancient uncle, laid to rest in a country cemetery a country ride away.