Monday, May, 22, 2017 | 1:32 PM | by Pastor Rick
The Healing Has Begun
The Healing has begun for Pastor Chris Meade!
“One day we will walk hand in hand
And we will smile
We will sing songs of way back when
We will walk hand in hand for the healing has begun” Van Morrison
“What we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” Romans 8:18-22
God is shouting to us through Chris Meade !
Pastor Chris Meade’s physical pain brought about by a senseless horrific hit and run act of violence is a megaphone for God to speak to all of us.
I know Pastor Chris. He is a fighter and he is a survivor. He is a great servant of God! I also know God in Christ, will reveal to Pastor Chris what He revealed to me several years ago through my heart attack that the frustration that has come in his suffering will reap a bounty of glory and grace to God that he never could have produced on His own.
Many years God stepped in and carried me along in my weakness, letting me taste his strength, grace, and love in new ways. In my pain, he has magnified so many of his attributes.
The healing has begun for Pastor Chris!
Listen up! God has a Megaphone!
I have always been drawn to C.S. Lewis and his perspective on pain. Lewis had tasted pain in ways that few can relate to. He lost his mother at an early age, saw his dad emotionally abandon him, suffered from a respiratory illness as a teenager, fought and was wounded in World War I, and finally had to bury his beloved wife. Through all of this, Lewis wrote about all of his heartache in his work The Problem of Pain. In this work, Lewis penned one of his most famous lines:
“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
We are most keenly aware of God’s character in our suffering. It is when our self-sufficiency is peeled away that we see how weak we really are.
It is in that moment of weakness that, as God tells Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “my power is made perfect in weakness.” It is in our pain that God has us taste his power most intimately.
I see the reality of Lewis’s statement clearly in my own life. God has shouted to me through my pain and reminded me of his truth. It was in my brokenness that I saw God’s true strength as he carried me along.
It was in seeing my life flash in front of my eyes in 2006 that I could see the beauty of being a blood-bought son (Romans 8:15).
God used my hurt so that he could clearly write the lessons of his grace on my heart and set my affections on him (Psalm 119:67).
God’s Uses His Megaphone to Speak to a Dying World
One of the most interesting realities of suffering is that our personal pain also speaks to those around us. Our pain becomes God’s megaphone to a watching world.
Our pain gives us a platform. The question becomes then, what am I saying to the world in the midst of my pain?
Do I let my faith become the product of my circumstances or is God still good even if my circumstances are not?
The scope of his character and grace do not change when suffering comes. As I trust God, even in my heartache, I let my life speak of a hope that extends well beyond what we can see or touch.
Crosspoint Church has a megaphone to the world as they rally around Pastor Chris Meade and his family. The world will see a group of people at Crosspoint who are devoted to God, to each other, to their Pastor and to their community.
Christ comforts us so that we might share his comfort with a hurting world.Our pain produces a ministry of comfort that we can walk in. His grace to us is meant to be displayed and not hidden by our silence.
As our pain shouts to a hurting world, may our lives always sing of the fact that God is glorious even when our circumstances are not.
Yes! The healing has begun! The best days for Pastor Chris and Crosspoint are ahead as God’s glory and grace is shouted into the world through God’s servant Pastor Chris Meade and through His church, Crosspoint!
The healing has begun!
Pastor Rick Edwards