The Pastor’s Garage April 16th, 2020
April 16, 2020
oldest, decided to do some kind of acrobatic maneuver off the coach which
resulted in him being knocked senseless (as it out of it) and a trip to the
Timmies drive through after a CT scan and an ambulance ride.
He’s fine. As in completely fine. The doctor in Regina was sort of like, “I
don’t even know why you are here.” But he wasn’t fine. He couldn’t count
fingers and he could not recognize his younger brother when it first
happened. It was really scary.
But people were praying and at 11:32 am Liz texted me from the ambulance
and said something like, “Thank God, he’s back.” Moments before that my dad
had mobilized a bunch of people to pray in Regina and area. I had texted
people asking them to pray. God did something. At the hospital in Regina
before going in to the CT scan Liz asked Judah if he was worried or scared
(it’s a big freaky machine). He replied something like, “Nope… are people
praying for me?” He was at peace. I credit his quick recovery and lack of
fear to the Lord!
Fast forward to Tuesday night. As we are putting the kids to bed Liz and I
decide to anoint our kids with oil as we pray for them – just feeling an
extra need to pray for protection (wonder why???). As we do that I can
hardly speak as I am overcome with emotion and a sense of God’s presence.
We prayed the same way for them last night and will continue to do this.
Why am I telling you this? The crisis or threat or danger changed
(immediately) the way I pray for my kids. I don’t think I would have made
that change without the crisis or the potential crisis.
*We are truly in a crisis in our world.* The church is facing real
challenges across our nation. Things that we hold dear have been taken
away. Our economy and well-being are on shaky ground. What is our response?
Are we going to live in denial or are we going to “embrace the crisis” and
allow it to change us and strip away the flax? Are we going to use this
opportunity to bring us to our knees and cry out to God for the lost, for
our own loved ones and for our own souls. Many of us have been asleep. We
are complacent, mediocre and luke-warm. I believe God wants to use this
time to awaken us and stir our hearts, but we must also be willing. Let’s
not squander this time.
*8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who
will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”*
Are you ready to say this? “Send me!”
I have more to say on this and will continue this train of thought, but I
think you need to realize that God want’s to use this time to awaken the
church. He wants to use it to strip away some things and to re-ignite some
things! Please be open to that and seek Him with your whole heart in this