What have I learned / What has God taught me?
As I reflect on the past few weeks dealing with all the pain and uncertainty of my back issues, I began to see the things that God was/has been revealing to me through all of it. I have been encouraged to share this with my church family because it is something that can benefit not only me, but everyone who takes the time to read it and understand exactly the lessons taught during the past several weeks.
First of all, my church family is awesome. I am pretty sure this is the first time that I have been in a position that I really couldn't do things for myself and do the things that, as the “man of the house” just need to be done. Whatever it has been, I have not had to worry with it. Whether I made a phone call or someone just did it, it seemed to always get done.
What God has taught me about our church family. From cards,visits, phone calls, gifts and of course food, they all make a difference in the life of the person who is in need. I don’t guess I ever really put that into perspective until it was me who was in need. So many times in the past I would tell myself that “someone else would do it” and then go on about my way; and that is true, someone else will do it, but what if we ALL did it? How would that impact our church family?
I can’t recall the number of times someone has prayed for me, whether it was in my bedroom, over the phone, or just telling me that they we're lifting me up in prayer; the power of prayer is an awesome thing that each and everyone of us can do to benefit each other. One of the most constant prayer warriors for me has been my deacon David Fortson. There have been very few days that I haven’t seen him or at least heard from him just to check on me and see how my day was going and to pray with me or for me.
For me personally the visits have been the most encouraging and rewarding thing. It doesn't matter if the visit was 2 minutes or 2 hours, the company was uplifting and good for my spirit. When someone takes the time out of their schedule to stop by a see you; it just says something more. I also understand that not everyone is capable of stopping by and visiting with someone, and thats okay. I absolutely love the idea of someone coming into my bedroom just to hangout and talk with me because they want to be an encouragement. I say this with all sincerity; I am not sure how I would be getting through this without my church family.
One thing that is very unique about this situation is the fact that the church voted to call me to be the full time student minister on July 19th. The overwhelming amount of excitement I felt was and is indescribable. However, at the same time, here I am dealing with back issues that was trying to squash my excitement. This has taught me that satan is always at work plotting and scheming looking to kill our joy just as it says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” Especially in my time of weakness, there he was, ready to pounce on me, but I was firm (somewhat) in my faith due the ministry of the members of Second Baptist Church. How could I ever say thank you enough, for standing firm with me, helping to guard me from the schemes of the devil himself.
Again, I am so thankful for my faith family. I have never given it a second thought about how important they are to me until I was in desperate need of my faith family. I, through this experience, will take what I have learned and apply it to how I minister to people in need whether they are a member of my church, another church, or no church. Words can not describe the impact that my church has had on my life. Thank you and I love each and everyone of you!