God Turned Things Around
This long day has been full of moments worth celebrating. These moments involve my church, my dad and my health. I believe all three are trending in a much healthier direction. Let me briefly explain myself.
One, it was a breath of fresh air to attend the church I pastor. I walked through the doors just a little before 9 in the morning. I was greeted by smile after smile. I joined several leaders for pre-worship prayer time. Then, I took my seat as just another worshipper. I didn’t have to preach or do anything. Yet, I felt God’s presence throughout the building. It was awesome to see all that God is now doing without me. It’s taken nearly 8 long years of church planting to reach this day. I’m so glad I didn’t quit all the times I felt so weak and incapable of leading God’s flock.
Next, after staying for our early service. I made my way to my dad’s church. Sadly, my dad resigned from the church he has pastored the past 27 years. After surprising him with my presence he cried like a baby on my shoulder. I knew this would be very emotional. However, my dad had to step down due to his health. The good news is he can now focus on his fight against cancer. Fortunately, dad is growing in strength and got several hours sleep last night. As hard as it was for him and mom to part ways with their church “family.” I could tell dad was relieved and at peace with this God led decision.
Finally, I seem to be back on track with my health overall. I’m eating right, sleeping better, and feeling much less pain. My anxiety is decreasing and my confidence is once again increasing. It was a very rough week in most respects. But, God showed today He is still in the business of turning things around.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2