It was man versus machine! Waking up this morning I realized my daughter still did not have insurance because a machine said she cannot have it for another 28 days. I immediately rolled out of bed with the alarm clock as I do every day. But I had to lay down for another 10 minutes after getting dressed…I just felt so tired and I felt the weight of our situation.
I was in a gap.
Pastor and teacher Willfredo de Jesús defines a gap as:
“…a place of weakness, vulnerability, and danger. It is a defenseless location of exposure and limitation, a point where people face real threats.”
Isabelle , Ashley, and I were in a gap. Literally, we were in a gap in insurance coverage. In ourselves we did not have the power to change our situation. We were fully exposed to an avalanche of bills.
Yet hope lived because friends stepped in the gap.
Last night as I crushed the nightly chemo pill I received a message. A woman who knew (Cheryl Moles) Ashley also knew someone at Representative Larry Buschon’s office. Thanks to the power of Facebook I was chatting with this new friend in minutes. We arranged to meet the next day (today).
Cheryl stood in the gap to make a connection
At 9:30 AM I stepped into Mr. Buschon’s office. I met Erin Lucas who was very sympathetic to our situation and offered to do whatever she could to help. She used her connections to forward my request on to other people who might be able to help.
Erin stood in the gap by sending an email and being sympathetic
At 1 PM I called a woman by the name of Lora Biggs. She had just received my paperwork from Erin and she told me she would make some calls and send some emails on my behalf.
Around 2 PM I received a call from Adrian at CMS.
“I just received an email from the office of representative Larry Buschon asking us to review your case…..I would like to inform you that I have instructed the insurance company to restore your insurance immediately.”
Lora stood in the gap by believing our situation and sending an email.
Now I am on cloud nine because of many who stood in the gap for me and my family. I cannot say thank you enough!
In the Bible there’s a place where God look for someone to stand in the gap:
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none” – Ezekiel 22:30, NIV
God was literally looking for someone to stand up on his behalf for the people. Someone who would stand up for the sake of another. Someone like Cheryl, Erin, and Lora.
Who do you need to stand in the gap for?
Pastor Willfredo De Jesús defines a “gap” person in the following way:
- Notices problems to solve.
- Understands the times.
- Is all in no matter what the cost.
- Anointed by God to do his work.
- Sees potential in people.
- Willing to take risks
- Sensitive to the voice of God
- Understands God’s will
- Has a different spirit (The Holy Spirit).
- Motivated by the gospel of God’s grace.
How do you match up to this list? I know I don’t meet all these characteristics. But I know the people who helped me meet many of them. And I believe that if our world was more full of men and women like this it would be quite different place.
Join me as I take a look around myself looking for gaps that need someone to step in and take a stand. Look around in your life, what gaps do you see?
It’s funny how God works. I had already planned to lead a book study on this topic starting this Wednesday. God just made the topic personal to me.
If you want to learn more about being a person who stands in the gap, join me. We will be meeting at the Vigo County YMCA Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We will take 10 weeks to look at nine characters in the Bible who stood in the gap.
I hope, by the end of the summer to be more of a person who stands in the gap for others.