Some time ago, Pastor Jack and I were invited to join a group to pray for an 8-month-old baby. Her parents were rightfully concerned, as her brain appeared to be swelling for no apparent reason. As we laid hands on the child and took our petitions before the Lord, one could only wonder what the future might hold for these parents and child.
Last weekend, I was ministering at the church where the parents of this little girl are the senior pastors. I saw their baby girl and inquired about her present status. The father smiled, saying that the swelling had gone away and the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong. He noted that the physician who delivered the good news to the parents had added, “But something was definitely there!” I celebrated with them, rejoicing over the Lord’s powerful intervention.
We often find ourselves in those moments when the future seems uncertain. Though we obey the Lord’s invitation to seek Him in time of need, we still may struggle with the overwhelming emotional effects of fear, uncertainty and often unbelief. Perhaps the most difficult thing is our inability to guarantee an outcome; we are forced to trust someone else to act on our behalf. However, I suppose faith wouldn’t be faith if we knew exactly how something was going to turn out.
Like you, I’ve been in those situations. I know God can do the impossible—but will He? Wherever you land, or however you navigate those crisis points, may I suggest a great place to start? Surrender. Throw up the white flag; acknowledge that you are powerless. Perhaps, like Leah (Genesis 29:15-35), you’ll go from a place of great disappointment to becoming part of His divine plan. Spurned by Jacob but accepted by God, Leah gave birth to Judah, through whom the Messiah would be born. May you experience the God who can “turn your mourning into dancing!”
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” -Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
By: Glenn Burris Jr., general supervisor