From the Pastor’s Heart
Our Pain can be our Purpose
While reading through the book of Isaiah, I had a moment of enlightenment that invited me to pause and reflect on intimate encounters with the Lord. This moment of illumination came at a time of personal and vocational challenges as I sought the guidance of God. This introspection took me back to moments of profound personal loss and pain.
At the tender age of 8, my oldest sister and best buddy, along with three other family members, drowned at sea during a school picnic. Upon receiving the news, our mother stood straight as an oak tree and said: “Lord, give me the strength.” That was her prayer. Then she said to me, “Get me my shoes so I can go and get my child.” I never saw her cry. Dad did the opposite; he fell on the ground, in the dirt, and wept as he kept saying, “Help me, Lord.”
Still, at this moment, while writing this article, the remembrance of that day is as poignant as if it just happened now. The tragedy was devastating for our family and the entire community. Nevertheless, that day I came to know the Lord as a comforter, the one who wrapped his arms around us and assured us it would be okay. Also, the value of each other, community, and the importance and power of prayer were and are etched in my being.
Then as a young mother, I came to know Jesus as a healer while lying in a near-death comatose condition. Medical personnel advised my husband to make plans for burial as I was not going to make it. Praise God, I am still here, though our baby girl did not survive. Through this, the Lord was my Comforter, Healer, Restorer, and Deliverer. I observed that sometimes, the very thing that caused us much pain is the source of our most significant potential. These painful episodes have equipped me to serve as a source of assistance for the wounded soul and a catalyst for prayer. It is a delight to observe God’s sovereign power.
As we move into a new year and a new decade, I desire to continue working with you to give God the very best, for kingdom building and His glory. As Christ-followers and members of the United Methodist Church, we are committed to serving with fervent prayers. Therefore, I challenge each one to do an introspection and make a firm decision to seek God’s will. Abort selfish and divisive ways that hinder soul transformation and growth. We desire an A-team to give excellence to the Lord Most High. Come, bring the best and let us erect an active, faithful, welcoming community. What is your purpose?
“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men,” (Colossians 3:23)
Have a fruitful and joyful New Year.