Sunday Reflection (Aug., 19, 2012): God’s Glory in Service and in Sickness
We had a glorious time in worship today! Our praise team led us in worship. God was glorified! All the songs leading up to the preaching were God-centered. The song right before the sermon was so on point. It was entitled, “Holy is the Lord” by Rev. Bruce Parham. We sensed the presence of our God as we lifted up His holy name in heartfelt singing. Have you ever had one of those moments in corporate worship when you didn’t want it to end, when you just wanted to bask in the presence of God? Yep, it was one of those types of corporate worship services.
Our Senior Pastor, Dr. Karry D. Wesley, was back in the pulpit today. He preached about “The Real Midnight Miracle” from Acts 16:23-26.
We also baptized, I believe, five or six individuals today.
Yesterday, I took the opportunity to visit one of our family members who is suffering from cancer. As I sat near the foot of the bed and talked with her, my heart was both burdened and joyful. I was burdened because of what the cancer (and the many rounds of chemotheraphy) has done to her body. She is no longer able to walk and is therefore confined for the most part to her bed. She is not able to see out of one eye. Her muscles are atrophying. And yet my heart was joyful because as we conversed, her smile and joy remained. And most importantly her faith in God was steady. It, quite honestly, was a sight to behold. She was giving glory to God even in her sickness! God’s sufficient and sustaining grace and calming peace and comfort were radiating through her words and smile.
As I left the house, I couldn’t help but to think of my father who passed in 2009 from cancer. I prayed and believed that God would heal him, but also knew, at that time, that God could very well call him home (which He did). As it was with him, so it is with her.
As Pastor Charles Jenkins says in his song Awesome, “My God is awesome. He can move mountains. Keep me in the valley. Hide me from the rain.” I pray that God will move this mountain of sickness and continue to keep my relative as she goes through this valley. But if He doesn’t move the mountain and if He doesn’t bring her out of this valley in this life, God’s Word through the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:1 comforts us and helps us not to lose heart during times like these,
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.