The things God has allowed me to do since my diagnosis of Crohn’s is beyond words, He has used this to spread His message of grace, love, and salvation to people whom on my own I would've never have reached for Him.
I have been able to share Christ with tens of thousands of people, through different means, people of different nationalities, people of other beliefs, people who don't believe in God, people who believe God is evil, people who others have written off, I have gotten to pray with my Doctors ,Nurses, PCA’S, Janitorial, Valet, Food Workers, and their families on one occasion God used me to lead a Chaplin back to Him, in every job that someone does they need to hear the gospel, and in ways unimaginable to me God is using my life to reach others. I tell you the name of Jesus is universal, I have had the privilege of leading people to Christ and back to Christ all because of the power of His name.
Don't take me wrong, I am never going to complain about how God uses me, with this sickness or the results, He has changed our lives, and allowed us to be a part of so many people's lives, day after day I am in awe of His awesome ways, power, and glory. I wake each day wondering where He will lead us, to whom will Christ speak to?
This past hospital stay I was unable to speak words to very many about Christ, because of my voice and breathing, I wondered God why am I here if I can not speak of you, your grace and mercy,? amazingly God spoke to people through my actions, and my medical chart, the Doctor's at the hospital were not my regular Doctors, and they asked how often I preach and sing, and for how long, the Nurses, PCA’S and Cleaning people said that they felt peace in my room, and wondered what was so different, and while my words struggled to come out, I could point to Christ as a silent witness.
When I was leaving OSU sitting and waiting in the lobby, I literally saw a couple hundred people pass before me from all over the world, and God spoke to my Spirit and said, they need to hear and see the gospel, never forget why you're here for I love them as I do you, and I will speak to them as I have you, I ask you to shine my light.
The plans God has for our lives will take us farther away from what we know but will lead us closer to Him where we belong.
I love serving the Lord, and my prayer is that whenever God asks who will I send? I will always answer, send me Lord give me the strength and words to say or not say, send me so I may tell others about you! There is not a moment of this journey I would trade for perfect health or riches, for in all of this God is being glorified.
God's word says this;
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 CSB
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who should I send? Who will go for us? I said: Here I am. Send me.”
Isaiah 6:8 CSB
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.”
Romans 1:16-17 CSB
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