Yesterday, I read a short story about the Tsarnaev brothers growing up and becoming suspects. The most moving part of the story was when Jahar was lying in the boat. As the story told, Jahar “knew that he was dying.”
While he lay in the boat bleeding, Jahar had seen his death as close and inevitable. Yet Jahar did not die!
Yes, he is sitting in a small cell…but against odds, he has his life.
This made me think of my favorite Bible passage- John 21:20-25. “Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry to I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that the disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”
In other words, we do not know the miracles that God is working right this second! Even though other people do not believe that Jahar can be saved, he can be. And I’m sure that Christ will save Jahar. When Christ really begins to work in Jahar’s heart, the fact that Jahar had not died right then and there will be a knowledge of Christs’s goodness and mercy, and Jahar’s need for Help.
One day, Jahar will testify of His mercy and love. One day, Jahar will remember when he was dying, and he will praise God!
We must keep praying for Jahar, praying for one another, and encouraging one another. Most of all, we must remember that there is One more powerful than any of us. ❤