God is AWESOME!!!

Sunday (Jan. 13) was a difficult morning for me (as I mentioned to you trying to type my Sunday Morning Prayer).  But I should say that it STARTED OUT difficult. It ended up in the awesome glow of God’s amazing love.  Allow me to tell you the story…

On Sunday morning, after I posted the Sunday Morning Prayer, I went up into the sanctuary to prepare for worship.  I run through the sermon one last time and review the bulletin.  I look at the announcements and decide which ones I am going to highlight and in what order.  The final announcement item is always the prayer requests where I highlight the updates from the past week.  And this was where I was planning on telling the congregation what was going on with my grandma.  This was immensely personal, but I wanted, and frankly needed, their prayer support.  I stood in the sanctuary "practicing" the announcements (does that sound weird…to practice announcements?).  Anyway…I was "practicing" the announcements and when I got to the prayer requests my eyes started tearing up and I could not get the words out of my mouth about my grandma.  It was just too hard.  It took me a couple minutes to compose myself and tried again…but to no avail.  Eventually I went to my office; wondering how I was going to do this.  At Salem, Connie said she would come up and help me, but at Belmont I was on my own.  I wondered how I was going to be able to lead worship – I needed strength and focus.  So I prayed…

…then my cell phone rang…

…of course my heart skipped a beat or two when I saw it was my mom.  I remember saying out loud, "Please God, not now.  I can’t handle this now."  With my hands shaking I answered the phone and heard my mom’s voice.  Immediately I knew that I wasn’t going to receive the news I feared at that moment.  Instead mom said that grandma woke up at 2am and was very talkative.  Actually she was more talkative than she had been for months.  At that moment I got goosebumps and felt a strength course through my body.  My tears dried up and I felt a new sense of energy for the morning.  Upon answering the phone I felt I was unable to go on with the morning and lead worship affectively.  But that simple phone call — 5 minutes before I was going to leave for Belmont and as I was praying for strength — I got exactly what I needed.

GOD IS AWESOME!!!

God knew what I needed and gave it to me so I could lead his people in worship and speak through me in the sermon.  God saw my pain and granted me comfort and relief.  And as I sit here, I am still in awe.  Not because I am surprised or blown away that God actually did what He did, but I am blown away by His awesome love, care and concern for one of His hurting children.  God always seems to come through so His purposes can be accomplished.  Not only did God give me the strength and focus to lead worship on Sunday, but God also gave me a testimony to share with others – for His glory.

God is indeed awesome…but there is more to this story…one I will continue later.

Take care and God bless!
-edh-

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