I get excited to think about our lives displaying the very character of God. Last week we brought in an illusionist named Jim Monroe as an outreach on campus. It was amazing! Not only did he use illusion to cut to the heart of post modern thinking that truth is relative (exposing how it's not) but he shared his incredible story and 59 students indicated decision for Christ. Wow!
As he shared his story I was crying, overwhelmed by how God is so good at revealing Himself. Jim got cancer of the blood, lukemia. Very interesting since his ministry is exposing the ways students are easily decieved and cancer is the body being decieved and thereby attacks itself. His lukemia was a very rare form where it would be impossible for it to ever be healed. After chemo, it would always return. There was no hope. So they looked into doing a bone marrow transplant. Out of 9 million people, there was 1 match (Not even his own family was a close enough match). A 19 year old girl. She agreed to do the transplant. She agreed to go through the pain of giving up her bone marrow and blood.
For 40 days he had to be kept in isolation to prepare his body and on his birthday they started the transfusion. 3 days later, which happened to be Easter, he had all new blood. A new life. His old life was gone and the new had come. What a picture of Christ! His blood is the only thing that can save us and when we turn to Him and trust Him we are given new life.
Jim is now 100% cancer free. When he tells his story he tells it with great honor and explains how it is a privledged position to go through something that awful because it helps you clearly see what really matters.
Our lives are for the purpose of glorifying God. We Exist to be revealers of His heart, His character. Jim didn't let his cancer be wasted. He chose to see how God was revealing Himself through it and as a result thousands of college students have put thier trust in Christ.
Everyday God is revealing Himself to us and to others. How can you see what He is like today?
For me, my mom just stopped by to bring me a gift certificate for a chocolate store. (She is so awesome!) Her generousity and thoughtfulness remind me of God. His generousity toward me, and not because I did anything to deserve it. And He gives gifts to us that are sweet, that we enjoy and find great satisfaction in. Through my mom, God gave me a glimpse of His heart today as a sweet Giver. (And not to me only, but to a lady standing on the side of the road that she gave gift bag of candies too.)
What about you? How did God give you a glimpse of His glory today?
4/19/2011 08:47:55 am
Thanks for sharing this wonderful encouragement of 59 hearts that moved to Jesus! It's encouragement for the journey, Laura.
How amazing! The picture of new life is so powerful.
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