God is so good.
We are so thankful for one very small step today. Seeing eyes open is pretty awesome - but Garren still has a long way to go. We still don't know, and won't know for quite some time, how Garren will continue to recover. We will continue to wait.
I was so glad that I got the chance to speak to everyone at Southbrook Monroe campus this morning. I snuck in after worship had started, and between songs I had the opportunity to address the faithful prayer warriors on the front lines.
As I think back over the last week, there are several thoughts that come to me. The first is how Scripture just reached out and grabbed ahold of my heart that first day. God gave me some very specific verses, and those carried me through the initial heartbreak of our devastating circumstance. Exodus 14:14 is one of those: “The Lord will fight for you; you have only to be quiet.” Of course, the context of the original writing of that verse was different, but the truth remains the same.
I cannot fix Garren. Neither can you. The surgeons can’t really do anything either. All they can do is prevent further damage, which they have skillfully done. The nurses care for Garren, keeping him comfortable and keeping his body healthy. Nancy, Kara, Kelsey and I sit with him, talk to him, read Scripture to him, and pray with him. Garren just needs time to heal. The only one who can heal Garren is God. God is the Creator of all. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psa. 139:13-14.
So we wait. Waiting for the Lord to fight this battle for us. But there is one thing I think we need to understand. When the Israelites were facing the Egyptians at the edge of the Red Sea, they were scared to death. They thought they had reached the end of their journey, that they would be destroyed. They looked to Moses who had led them to this unfortunate circumstance. And as they listened to Moses declare to them, “The Lord will fight for you, you have only to be silent” I don’t think for a minute that they let their guard down. They didn’t just take a seat and watch to see what would happen next. No! You have to keep reading. Verse 15 goes on: “The LORD said to Moses ‘Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.’”
Yes, the Lord will fight for you. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to do. We must participate and cooperate with God. Could He do it without us? Absolutely! But He chooses to use us.
In Garren’s case, yes, the Lord will fight for Garren. When Moses stretched out his staff over the sea, I’m sure the Israelites had their eyes glued to Moses, waiting for the next command. When the waters divided, they took off, making their way through the corridor of water to safety on the other side. Garren can only be healed by God. I can’t fix him. The doctors can only encourage his body to heal. The Lord will fight for Garren. But the rest of us, we must pray. We must call out to God. We must fight the battle that is not flesh and blood, but of unseen powers.
Thank you for fighting with us.