Back from the Brink 5

A year ago today, I was at the lowest point of my entire life.  The days were dark, and I felt like there was a weight on my heart that would crush me.  I had questions about my physical and emotional health, my future in ministry, and my future, period!   From a human perspective, there was no way forward.  I cried out to the Lord like I never had before; and, often, I just cried.  I was spent, with no strength of my own to offer.  My tank was empty and my well was dry.

“But, God …”  Those two powerful words!  They make all the difference!  Read Ephesians 2:1-10 and notice how these two words at the beginning of verse 4 provide the radical turning point within that context.  Only God could part the clouds and dispel the darkness.  Only God could bring healing and strength.  Only the Almighty could restore joy and hope.  Can I get an “Amen” to His faithfulness and grace?

A year later, so many prayers have been answered and so many remarkable blessings have been granted to me, my family, and my ministry that I find myself questioning, “Was that really me?”  It seems impossible, and, in truth, it is; humanly impossible!  Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,” (Matthew 19:26). 

Thank you, Father, for loving me.  Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.  Thank you, Holy Spirit, for abiding with me.  Thank you, Kim, for loving and believing in me.  Thank you, Hannah and Coleman, for trusting me.  Thank you, friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, for encouraging me.

I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 

He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm.

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;

Many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.

(Psalm 40:1-3)