Dr. Jackie Minor
DO IT AGAIN!
Sometimes this Christian journey is hard. Period. Sometimes as Christian educators we have to take a stand that could potentially impact our future and our employment. It’s scary, but we are called to stand firm. It is during these tough times that we have to make a decision. Is God sovereign, or is He not? Do we trust Him to take care of the conflicts, the trials, the “wrongs” in our lives?
Recently, someone we love was experiencing one of these trials. It just so happened that during a Sunday morning service, the Holy Spirit moved powerfully to remind us of God’s faithfulness during our darkest times. My husband felt compelled to share his thoughts via an e-mail. With his permission, I am sharing it with you. May you be encouraged. Even during times when we feel hopeless, there is hope.
I thought of you Sunday during church. Our worship team sang “Do It Again” as the special. It caused me to reflect on our conversation about your work situation on Saturday. It also caused me to reflect on my own personal journey. I could not help but be swept away with emotion on Sunday as I pondered the truths embedded in this song.
Your promise still stands Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness I'm still in Your hands This is my confidence, You've never failed me yet
I've seen You move, You move the mountains And I believe, I'll see You do it again You made a way, where there was no way And I believe, I'll see You do it again
I want you to know that I am a living testimony to these words. I have had two very dark times in my employment life, times in my past when I felt helpless, betrayed, frightened. I have always been a fairly confident person; however, during these two times in my past, I felt defenseless and weak. I have often reflected on these two time periods in my past. Was there something I did that was wrong? Should I have done something different? Each time I reflect I reach the same conclusion—I was not wrong but wronged. We live in a sinful world, Satan’s domain. He will do all he can to derail us, discourage us, and rob us of our joy. It was during these difficult times that the words of this song rang true in my life.
“Your promise still stands.” God is a God of promises. One of the greatest promises He makes is that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:8). “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you’” (Isaiah 41:13). When the world seems to be treating us unfairly, we need to remember that we are never alone. He promises to take our hand, walk with us, and help us.
“Great is your faithfulness.” God is a faithful God. We can trust Him because He desires the very best for us. “The Lord’s lovingkindness never ceases; His compassions never fail” (Lamentations 3:22). The love of God far surpasses any kind of love we can experience on this earth; it is more powerful than the love we have for our parents, our spouse, our children. By His nature He is love; as such, He will be faithful to ensure that everything will work out well for us in the end.
“I’ve seen you move; you move the mountains.” God is a mighty God. It means little to make promises and pledge faithfulness if someone does not have the capacity to carry this out. God can move mountains. “The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope” (Micah 1:4). God is the Creator, the Almighty, the Beginning and the End. He is far more powerful than any entity on this earth. If we will trust in Him and place our faith in Him, He will move mountains on our behalf.
I don’t know where your current situation is going to take you. Chances are there will be many opportunities and changes in store for you over the next 30+ years of your life. What I know firsthand from personal experience is this—He will make a way. Trust that He knows what is best, trust that He will make a path known, trust that He will not abandon you. He has moved mountains for me in the past, and he will do the same for you as well.
We love you and are praying for you. We look forward to the testimony you will have someday regarding how God moved in your life in a powerful way.
Be encouraged. He will DO IT AGAIN!