The following stories I shared with each of our 14 classrooms during our time there in the fall.
Story: “Someone in This House.”
"There is someone in this house."
A few years ago on a crisp fall night in Tbilisi, these were the words I spoke. What happened after I spoke them may make your hair stand on end. Mine did and I couldn’t move after I said them! It is amazing my heart kept beating! Let’s back up a bit and let me catch you up on where we were and what was happening to us.
It was around 5 a.m. and still dark for it was late October. Earl and I were sleeping soundly when I heard glass breaking. At first I thought I was dreaming and then I thought, “Oh no! The beautiful chandelier in the living room has fallen and is broken on the wooden floor!"
I woke Earl and whispered, "Did you hear glass breaking?"
He whispered back, "Yes, I think I did!"
Then, we heard another sound and saw a flash of light like that of a match being lit. The sound was a chair moving on the kitchen floor. That is when I whispered these fearful words, “There is someone in this house!” I froze in fear!
Earl, on the other hand, sprang to his feet; hands in fists were all he had for protection and he ran out into the hall with a loud “HEY!”
Some scuffling and then… it was perfectly quiet!
I thought, “They killed him and they will be coming in here any second! I waited, paralyzed! Hardly able to breathe and more frightened than I had ever been in my entire life! I truly thought that we would both die that day!
Then, I heard the sweetest sound ever: “Jan Honey, come out here!”
Earl was calling to me. He was alive! I ran to him and looked out the open window where our polite “cat burglar” had jumped. I say “polite” because as he ran to jump out of the window, he repeated over and over, “Bodishe! Bodishe! Bodishe!", which is of course, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
We thanked God for His protection and that we only were left with a broken window from this harrowing experience.
Another Story: "Another Visitor"
Now, as to what happened the last time we were in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was again in October and around five o'clock in the morning when I felt, or did I see?... light upon my face.
I knew that it was true again: “There is Someone in this house!” However, although these words were my first thoughts and I felt certain that there was someone shining a light on me, this time there was no real fear for I felt, no I knew that the Someone who was calling me to come meet with Him was Jesus Christ.
In the Bible (Matthew 11:28) Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."
I firmly believe that Jesus is calling us all to come to Him. He says to us, “Yes! I want to live in your house. Your body-house, your soul, your family-house, your school-house and I am waiting for you to invite Me in. I will never leave you and I will never forsake you! Do not fear My coming to your house for I only want what is best for you. I came to give you life, to show you 'The Way' and to teach you the truth. If you will only open the door and let Me come in, I will bring you joy and peace like you have never known. My love for You is so deep you can only begin to know it completely."
Yes! The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus comes to give us an abundant life, full of hope, peace, and contentment. There is great joy in having Him in your house, your heart - always! I pray that you will say with me, "There is Someone in my house today and always. Not only in me, but in my family, my school, my country, and my world."
The fiery furnace
The Bible also tells the story of the three Hebrew young men that would not back down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar who was the king of Babylon, even though they knew that their refusal to worship him instead of their God would cause them to be thrown into a fiery pit. When the king looked into the fire he said, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire? Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." And when he called them to come out, not even a smell of smoke was upon them.
There was Someone in the fire with them and His name is Jesus.
I love what they said when the king told them that they must worship him or be thrown into a blazing furnace: "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. BUT even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship your image of gold."
These young men were very brave and wise. They had a deep faith in their God. And, yes, there was someone in the fire with them. The same Someone who is here with us today.
P.S. One of our younger students raised his hand after I left their classroom. He asked the teacher, "Did anyone tell our school director that Jesus is in our school?"
(Daniel 3 and John 10 NKJV)