forge ahead


We’re in the car and on the highway.  It probably doesn’t seem like a big deal except that our household has battled sickness in recent days.  Yesterday, I just needed to get out and run in the early morning hours and express my heart to God.  While the dawn’s light splashed a pink hue upon the feathery clouds, I rehearsed the fact that we started to plan this college campus visit over six months ago.  I was forced to make a decision:  Do I give up the idea of taking a trip as a family because a couple of us are not well?

I chose to answer the question with, “No, I will not give up.”  I began to pray over my husband and daughter, proclaiming the finished work of Jesus’ sacrifice upon the Cross and His life-bringing resurrection for all of us who believe upon Him.  I rounded the last turn to the home stretch and saw the burning globe peek over the trees on the horizon.  “Come on, glorious sun!  Come on,” I said.  As I returned from the run, I found my children in the car and about to leave for school.  I asked Jordan how she felt and she said, “Great!”  I was convinced.  Then I went inside as Jon was gathering his things for work, and I heard him announce, “This is the best I have felt in a long time!”

Can you say, “Instant turn-around?”  My God never ceases to amaze me!

“When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, asking for help.  ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.’

 Jesus said to him, ‘I will go and heal him.’

 The centurion replied… ‘just say the word, and my servant will be healed’” (Matthew 8:5-8).

“Then Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go!  It will be done just as you believed it would.’  And his servant was healed at that very hour” (Luke 8:13).

I did not spend another moment yesterday wondering what would happen in the next 24 hours.  I knew we would realize our long-awaited desire to travel and accomplish an important goal.

We’re all in the car and on the highway.  Yes, it’s a big deal.

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