What is one fail-proof formula for AWE?
Your Relentless Loving Kindness PLUS Your Miraculous and Perfectly-timed Orchestration of Our Steps. This formula works every time.
I recently asked a dear friend for some feedback. I know You are preparing me to speak with more frequency to groups of women in this next “season” of service to You. I sent my friend a speech You recently had me deliver in Virginia. I wanted her comments.
The speech was about the early days of my walk with You into the Valley of the Shadow of Breast Cancer. My first thoughts and prayers when You sovereignly directed me to find the tumor. A few “God encounters” as we journeyed together through the wilderness of radical surgery and aggressive chemo. Words of glorious encouragement from You, the Healer of the World, to others who may — even now — be on valley journeys of any kind.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
I hadn’t planned to start looking at speeches yet, but that particular day You prompted me to send her that particular speech. I remember even telling her: “I guess the Lord wants this on the radar screen now.”
How could either one of us know then that, in a few short weeks, her own 28-year-old daughter would be entering that same Valley of the Shadow? Or that she would desperately need that personal testimony about You, Jesus? Our all-powerful, overcoming Savior who promises — and delivers —Your best for us… regardless of any circumstance.
AWE. Your fail-proof formula in action once again: Your Relentless Loving Kindness + Your Miraculous and Perfectly-timed Orchestration of Our Steps.
Yesterday, I went joyfully to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for my latest six-month checkup. Although I was expecting nothing but good news, it is reassuring to have “clinical” hands confirm my own self-assessment. And confirm it, they did! Thank You, Lord, for Your Healing Grace!!!
Today, my dear friends’ daughter will be in another medical facility receiving her news. The results of many tests she has undergone at “light speed” in recent days. The confirmed diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The doctors already suspect the worst. But You know The Truth, Lord.
What is “The Truth” at a moment like this? The clinical findings and medical diagnosis? These are true enough. Important facts to have as a plan for next steps is made. But Your Truth is always much deeper than anything medical science can measure… isn’t it, Lord?
You can change any “fact” with one Touch. You were then — and are now, still — the Miracle Maker!
“News about Him spread… and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and He healed them.” (Matthew 4:24)
You can change us, even when You don’t — for whatever reason — change our situation.
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… You are My witness… My servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He.” (Isaiah 43:1b-3a,10)
You are Jehovah-Rapha, the Healer of healers. We can know You, believe You, and trust You completely… come what may.
Praying with mustard-seed faith for these loved ones…
Looking to see how You will glorify Yourself in their lives… knowing YOU WILL!!!