Pastor’s Corner – October 14th

LEARNING IN MY VALLEYS

“ BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE, FEAR NOT, NOR BE AFRAID OF THEM: FOR THE LORD THY GOD, HE IT IS THAT DOTH GO WITH THEE; HE WILL NOT FAIL THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE” ( DEUT.31:6)

As I sat in my bed last night and thought about several major events over the course of my life I can say that great times of insight and spiritual growth and a closer walk with my Lord have come during times of great heartache, disappointment and struggles. I think about the time of excitement and joy when we found out we were having our first son only to have our hearts broken as Tyler was born at 28 weeks and we got to be with him for 11 hours before our Lord took him home to be with Him. I think about the look and heartbreak in Karen’s eyes as we were leaving the hospital and seeing the other mother’s holding their little babies and us preparing funeral services for our son. I think about the other 3 late term miscarriages with one being a set of twins and the heartache and loss and what Karen had to go through physically and mentally during those times. I think about my 17-year-old nephew Stephen, who was like a son to me and stayed with us all the time, killed in a car accident. I think about my 31 year old nephew Shane, Stephen’s brother, who was like a son to me and also stayed with us alot lost his life. I could go on and on but I want to say that all these things and other things not mentioned brought intense heartache and struggle into my life. These things forced me to look and evaluate life particularly mine and how short life here on this earth is. But they also helped shape my thinking, my attitude, my faith and my reverence for the Lord. Now don’t get me wrong, I have had some awesome mountaintop experiences in my life and in those times I could feel my Lord’s presence in a mighty way and came away from them very grateful and confident and full of joy. But I have to say that much of my life has not been up on the mountaintop. It’s been in the valley and alot of them deep and dark valleys like some of you that may be reading this. But I can say that is where I have learned more about my Lord’s faithfulness and power and love than I would have otherwise. That is where I learned to trust Him more and to walk in obedience according to His perfect Word. It’s in the valleys of this life that I realize more and more each day that my Lord Jesus is in control of His children’s ultimate destiny. He has used these situations and will use future situations in my life to bring about His purposes and plans. I can say that I would not be where I’m at today in my walk with my Lord Jesus  if I had not went through these trials and tribulations and valleys. Through all the hardships and heartaches and struggles of my experiences my Jesus has showed me His character and His love. He has remained faithful and true even in times when I questioned and doubted and I didn’t remain faithful to Him. HE HAS ALWAYS REMAINED AND ALWAYS WILL BE FAITHFUL TO ME. I could go on and on but I will close with this we can be confident that whatever situation we may find ourselves in He is always in control and uses all situations to bring about His purposes.   Feel free to share this if you like because I  know my Lord wanted me to share this with you and remember that I love you but even greater our Lord Jesus loves you!        Love In Christ,  Pastor Mike