When I was a little girl, I used to go to church with my Grandma, who everyone affectionately called Sweet Lou. Her church, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church was the old fashion kind of Baptist church, with a whole lot of screaming and shouting, hands waving, Amen moaning, and spontaneous aisle dancing from those who welcomed the Holy Spirit. I remember one service, Pastor Rouse and his graspy voice was screaming into the microphone, and almost on que, the congregation started shouting out, “But God!”
“You were ‘bout to lose everything!” Pastor Rouse screamed.
“But God!” the congregation cried out in unison.
“When you couldn’t pay ya’ bills, hallelujah!”
“When the devil tried to test ya’ faith!”
“When ya’ felt like giving up, ya’ll know what I’m talking about!”
As a little girl, it was like watching an entertainment show, and I certainly didn’t understand the depth of what they were saying. But this morning, out of nowhere I remembered that sermon from Pastor Rouse. I vividly remember Sweet Lou sitting beside me, leaning over and telling me then, at an early age, “You just gotta trust Him!” I’m sure I smiled and said ok, but as an adult, when you’re going through situations in your life, it can be extremely hard to just “trust Him”.
That was certainly the case when I wrote this blog post earlier this summer. I didn’t name my family relative then, but it’s my Dad. When I found out he was diagnosed with cancer again, I felt like my world was over. But even through my fear and heartache, I found the strength to pray. I memorized a couple of scriptures (Psalms 30:2, Psalms 103: 2-3, & Luke 11:9), and every time doubt crept in, I reminded myself and God of His word—that He is the Healer—and I thanked Him for healing my Dad. Then I waited. Until today.
My Dad called and told me that his tumor is shrinking. The doctors said everything looks good, and that he’ll be ok. But what the doctors may or may not know is, it’s because of our faith in God, that the tumor is shrinking and everything looks good! It was funny, because as my Dad was sharing his praise report, all I heard was “But God!”
In the voice of Pastor Rouse, “When the doctor said, you have cancer in your body!” My response is, “But God!” and I hear my Grandma Sweet Lou, smiling from heaven saying, “I told you, You Just Gotta Trust Him!”
The awe-inspiring thing about God is that He’s no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11). If He’s shrinking my Dad’s tumor and giving him a clean bill of health, surely He’ll do the same for you. Whether it’s healing from cancer, or a bill that needs to be paid, or a job you’re hoping to receive, all you gotta do is Trust Him! And know that I’m standing in agreement with you, that in just a few months you’ll be saying, “But God!” too!
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)