Nick and I sat next to a miracle at church today. I believe we are all miracles in one way or another, attempting to come up out of sin and live lives that glorify God. But really, we sat next to a hero. This gentleman had been a patient Nick worked with. He had been in the hospital for a long time and was finally released yesterday. In one conversation Nick and he had, they learned we attend the same church. Nick asked him if he would be in church today. His response was, "well, I thought I should take a week off, I'm just getting out on Saturday." Nick said, "Yeah? So will I see you in church Sunday?" He and his wife saved us seats in the second row this morning and it was amazing to see him pull himself to his feet during one of the songs. Nick said, "Now you're just showing off!" The sermon today was based on the scripture from Ecclesiastes 9.
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might..." Ecclesiastes 9:10
After the service, Nick leaned over to his former patient and said, "this reminded me of you. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." He had been fighting for his life. Then fighting for his mobility. Fighting to return to his life at home so he can be an inspiration to others. We have to fight with all our might. The battles of this world require all of our commitment to follow the path God has set for us, no matter how difficult, discouraging or exhausting it may be.
I find myself tired frequently. Tired of working so much. Tired of waiting. Tired of the overwhelming thoughts of the needy of this world and how I could ever make an impact. It's days like these, people like this and sermons with these words of encouragement that remind me it is all worth it. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might...