Paul writes in 2 Corinthians12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” I am amazed how I have found these promises to ring true during the past few months.
Last December, while playing with a group of teenagers in a big ball game, I severed several tendons in one of the fingers on my left hand. Doctors assured me that if the hand were splinted for eight weeks, the tendons would reattached themselves and I would regain full mobility. At the end of the eight week time period, however, the splint was removed and the finger showed little, if any, improvement. It was then recommended that I comeoff the road for a few weeks and seek a second opinion and possible surgery. Since that time, I have had surgery and had two pins placed in the finger to aid in the healing process, and have been instructed not to use the hand for twelve more weeks.
Coming off the road for a few weeks is never a welcome thing for an evangelist, but the Lord has shown himself strong in so many ways. He haseven provided several preaching opportunities here, both before and after the surgery. Although I am still limited to using only one hand, I am rejoicing in what the Lord has done and is doing.
Next week I head to Indiana Baptist College to preach their annual College Days. The following week, I am to be in my home church to preach theannual teen revival. Please rejoice with me in what God has done, and pray with me as we expect God to continue to do great and mighty things.