Someone asked me once if I were to ever write a book what would I call it. Half seriously I laughed and said, ” I would call it between George Mueller and Medicaid”
For those reading who are blessed to not ever have to work within the outrageous bureaucracy of child mental health billing you will wonder what the heck is this about. My goodness I almost have a post traumatic moment just pondering it! So here goes…. I will bravely soldier on talking about this.
Yes I used the word ” soldier” because if you work in this system getting paid is being pro-active in a battle on the ready to anticipate what this system can do to the spirit of perseverance. It is at the least exasperating at times.. no logic just lots of layers of requirements and too often people in places that can by pure complacency hinder and stop the operational cash flow to pay the ministry bills. The amount of people involved to “solve ” an error even when it is not one we made is staggering. So besides being required to be competent in what we do — we must develop perseverance.
I will not go into the “the dog ate my homework” series of events that have been a long time grind with all the outrageous situations we have found ourselves in on a regular basis for months. It is like most “war stories” you would have to be there to understand it. But it has had one upside and that is helping develop some of the fruits in the spirit in us so we can get paid for our professional treatment and work amid the ministry of trying to help at risk and abused children get on the other side of their pain.
There is great spiritual warfare around these children. Not surprising if one considers what they have been exposed to in the care of adults, relatives even a system that is to keep them safe. We are talking major breeches in the laws of our Lord. A plundering into where the spiritual walls around them are so broken to the point of almost unbearable soul destruction but for the saving power of Jesus Christ!
What I have learned that is relevant for most readers ( is anyone still there or is this topic like got you reaching for more coffee ) is that when in scripture Paul is trying to share with a beleaguered camp of an the early church about not warring with flesh and blood. He was sharing critical information. Wow… do we ever see it being our battle cry to get on the wall of prayer.
For review he says in Ephesians 6
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c]hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
This applies to all of us in every day living but I have to tell you in this ministry we are learning to be armed up. Putting on the full armor means just that, it is a spiritual covering not just words that we toss about in our christian speak. The opposing side of what we are trying to do here does not want us to stand for these kids. Instead the weariness of so many mandates and regulation is to keep us off of the end game. Frustrated, overwhelmed, busy, distracted, interrupted in what is our mission baseline… hope, healing and restoration!
So what does another hero of the faith George Mueller have to do with this?
In case you donot know George Mueller left behind a legacy of perserverance and faith as a testimony for us to consider.
What he was known for around the world in his own lifetime, and still today, was the orphan ministry. He built five large orphan houses and cared for 10,024 orphans in his life. When he started in 1834 there were accommodations for 3,600 orphans in all of England and twice that many children under eight were in prison. One of the great effects of Mueller’s ministry was to inspire others so that “fifty years after Mr. Mueller began his work, at least one hundred thousand orphans were cared for in England alone.”
Mueller was know for his faith and commitment to go to prayer. He was perserverant through his utter dependency on Christ.
For example this is a sample of his struggles and faith to “give it to God”
He stated that at various times, not only at the beginning of the work, but also in later years, God had seen fit to try his faith to the utmost, but only to prove to him the more definitely that He would never be other than his faithful covenant-keeping God. In illustration he referred to a time when, the children having had their last meal for the day, there was nothing left in money or kind for their breakfast the following morning. Mr. Mueller went home, but nothing came in, and he retired for the night, committing the need to God to provide. Early the next morning he went for a walk, and while praying for the needed help he took a turn into a road which he was quite unconscious of, and after walking a short distance a friend met him, and said how glad he was to meet him, and asked him to accept £5 for the orphans. He thanked him, and without saying a word to the donor about the time of need, he went at once to the orphan houses, praising God for this direct answer to prayer.
b. On another occasion, when there were no funds in hand to provide breakfast for the orphans, a gentleman called before the time for breakfast and left a donation that supplied all their present needs. When that year’s report was issued, this proof of God’s faithfulness in sending help just when needed was recorded, and a short time after the donor called and made himself known, saying that as his donation had been given at such a special time of need he felt he must state the circumstances under which he had given the money, which were as follows:
He had occasion to go to his office in Bristol early that morning before breakfast, and on the way the thought occurred to him:
“I will go to Mr. Mueller’s orphan house and give them a donation,”
and accordingly turned and walked about a quarter of a mile toward the orphanage, when he stopped, saying to himself,
“How foolish of me to be neglecting the business I came out to attend to! I can give money to the orphans another time,”
and he turned round and walked back towards his office, but soon felt that he must return. He said to himself:
“The orphans may be needing the money now. I’m leaving them in want when God had sent me to help them;”
and so strong was this impression that he again turned round and walked back till he reached the orphanages, and thus handed in the money which provided them with breakfast. Mr. Mueller’s comment on this was:
“Just like my gracious heavenly Father!”
and then urged his hearers to trust and prove what a faithful covenant-keeping God He is to those who put their trust in Him.
So you see we have a spiritual template in the Word of God and in the example of a man who put all his trust in the One who loves us most.
Today when those huge overwhelming battles loom in my path, I hope that the knowledge of who we are in Christ will be my foremost armor and with joy and prayer enter into the fray knowing … we are more than conquerors even with NC Medicaid!