Not Waiting for Parole!
Sandra TenHarmsel is an introvert at heart—but not when the Spirit of the Lord is upon her!
After her recent mission trip to England, revelation of scripture in Isaiah 61 had new meaning.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings … bind up the brokenhearted … proclaim liberty to the captives … the opening of the prison to them that are bound … comfort all that mourn … give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness … that he might be glorified. –Isaiah 61:1-3
God certainly worked through her team:
The brokenhearted were set free.
They prayed with the poor, struggling with ﬁnances.
They comforted those who were still mourning.
They opened the eyes of those who were spiritually blind to salvation.
But Sandra says, “One of the most impacting times for me was at the prison. God showed me that in some ways, they aren’t much different than many of us. Certainly, their sins broke LEGAL laws, which landed them in a prison. But some of our sins landed us in a prison as well, didn’t they?
“Maybe not a literal one with bars and razor-lined fences, but emotional or religious ones.
“Praise Jesus that He has opened the doors to those prisons for us, and we’ve been set free. We are not waiting for parole!
“These trips allow those of us who are free:
To shake off the ashes, and put on the beautiful headdress.
To testify of the mourning that may have been, but is now the oil of gladness we carry as a light to the world.
To step out of the nerves of a faint spirit, and wear in its place the garment of praise.
To be solid oaks of righteousness—wherever He plants us.
“The ‘they’ in Isaiah 61:4 are all of us who have already been freed. It’s all of us whom God can use to ‘build up the ancient ruins, raise up former desolations, repair the ruined cities and restore the devastations of many generations’—some within our own families.
“Being one of the freed ‘they’ is a privilege for which I’m grateful—not only for our time in England, but for wherever He leads—all for HIS glory!”