Thanks so much to all of you who came by the park yesterday to share in our joy and celebrate God’s goodness! To be certain, God is great all the time, but it was an amazing chance to reflect on His most recent miracle.
A lot of people were there so I didn’t have a chance to get very deep with anyone. That probably wouldn’t have happened anyway because I was still processing it all. I think it finally hit me so I’ll share what I can…
A lot of people asked how I have been feeling but it wasn’t until today that it really hit me. I was driving down the road and put on an old Newsboys cd. The first song just filled me with the Holy Spirit and I was flooded with peace from His awesomeness. There’s nothing amazing about the song itself, but the chorus is, “It’s all God’s children singing ‘Glory! Glory! Hallelujah, He reigns!”. And that is the summary of this journey. Because of all those people praying for us and passing the information along, people in all parts of the country and world knew about this. Because of His mercy, love, and kindness all those people are now singing “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah, HE REIGNS!”. No matter what your circumstances look like, no matter what junk you’re dealing with, no matter what the naysayers shout, God reigns now and forever. One day everyone will recognize it, we just have to wait patiently. “As surely as I live’, says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.” (Rom 14:11; Isaiah 45:23).
I mostly feel joy today but I am also extremely humbled. I want to make sure everyone knows what He did for me, but I can’t get past the fact that it is me He healed. Funny how I never once asked, “why me?” about getting the cancer, but I need to know why He picked me to be healed. It doesn’t matter, of course, and I’m so grateful I can’t even handle it.
There are a few things I am certain of: 1. My “believer’s prayer” from Mark 11:23-24 (discussed a few days before the results) was the hardest, scariest part of my life and I know the way I attempted it pleased Him. I had to wrestle with it, go against all common sense as well as the believer’s I spoke to about it. I believe I had to face all that and declare it publicly before I could be healed. To be clear though, I do NOT believe I did something to “earn” this miracle, any more than I “earned” my salvation. But I did need to get it together, and that included stretching myself and my faith farther than I would have guessed it could go.
2. There were multiple purposes for all this. I believe one was to get so many people praying and allow them to witness the miracle. It is very important to me that it’s clear that you’re all part of the body who prayed in unison. No one/part is more important than another, so you should all reap the benefits of getting to share the good news and not feel insignificant. Galatians 1:6 says, “As for those who seemed to be important–whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance–those men added nothing to my message.” So, for those of you who prayed and believed, embrace the fact that He answered in such a big, big way. He did this great thing for you, for me, and for HIM and His glory. We should all be praying Rev. 4:11, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things and by your will they were created and have their being.”
3. This experience has helped me grow in faith and I know of several others who feel the same. I have a renewed thirst for the word and can’t get enough of it. I had gotten lazy with God and will pray and try not to do that more. I suspect there are some I haven’t spoken to yet who are unsure how to deepen their relatioships with God. Please don’t be afraid to ask. If you don’t know someone safe to ask, send me an email and I can try to help or find you someone. Most importantly though, God is the one with all the answers so start with reading the Bible (try John maybe).
I’m praying a lot for everyone who has supported us through this journey because when God moves satan often follows. So be aware and “do not give the devil a foothold” (Ephesians 4:27).