Last week’s post, “What’s Next?”, centered around the new law in New York state that allows for an abortion to be performed all the way up to birth. I believe we all have been shocked by such a law that would protect that kind of atrocity but as we have seen this week there are others that advocate it is even okay to murder a baby just after it is born. When I asked that question last week I never imagined that someone would suggest that we should now go to another extreme. What is our nation coming to that we would sit back and even allow someone to voice such as thought and still consider them a public official? So I ask the question again. “What’s next?” Hold on to your seats because I’m sure there is more coming. As it does we will discuss and we will bring it to the table for consideration.
Tonight I want to change gears a little bit and look at something that is much more positive and simply an extension of how we should live out our lives as Christians. I want to share with you an experience that I had this week because it brings to life what our Christian life is all about. This not only involved me but several other guys that I am very close to and their thoughts about the experience are the same as mine.
On Thursday evening our group Reassurance had the wonderful opportunity to minister to an elderly couple from my church and one in which the husband has been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer. I learned some time ago that he was an avid fan of southern gospel music and had certainly expressed an interest in hearing us sing. When I heard about their situation God almost immediately revealed to me that this would be a great opportunity to use our talents to truly minister to and encourage another believer who was facing some very difficult circumstances. After discussing with my pastor he called the couple to find out what they thought about the idea. And they were delighted to have us come. We were eventually able to work out the date and time for us to come to their house and this is where things began to unfold.
We met at my house before going over to their home and we went over the four songs we were prepared to do and then prayed that God would use us to encourage an bless them. When we arrived they were very gracious and welcomed us to their home. After some small chat and setting up our equipment we began to sing. Almost immediately tears welled up in their eyes and it was a struggle for us to get through the very first song. It was as if the Holy Spirit had surrounded us with His presence and had not only prepared their hearts but ours also. We sang those four songs we had prepared and then we had coffee and pecan pie with these sweet folks. But it didn’t end there. They wanted us to sing some more and by the time we had finished we had sung for almost 45 minutes. We finally ran out of music tracks that we had brought so we had to stop. We then all gathered in a circle and one by one we prayed for them and thanked God for giving us the opportunity to be a part of their lives. We also got to hear their personal testimonies of how God has been faithful to them in everything and these circumstances were no different. Theres were lots of smiles and lots of tears and for the record, when it was all over we were the ones who received the greatest blessing because they ministered to us as we ministered to them. What a great evening it was and what a lesson we learned again. God uses people to bless His people.
When I got home and had a chance to unwind, I was reminded of what God’s Word says about bearing one another’s burdens. I realize even more now how important it is to be willing to be used by God to do so and that we would always be alert and aware of those opportunities that present themselves. I’m always amazed how when we are obedient to His instruction and follow His will the outcome is always a blessing. I thank God for again providing another teaching moment in our lives. All the glory and honor belongs to Him. And I long for more of those opportunities!
I have shared this story not to boast or in any way bring any accolades to myself or our group but to provide another example of how God ways are so much higher than our ways and His Word is perfect and true. What an awesome God we serve!