II Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
Tonight I have heard some disturbing news...news that could strike fear into the heart of any mother or father. God has blessed us with three wonderful sons. Each one is uniquely talented and gifted in special ways. As is the case with most parents, we do not love one child more than any other...we love them equally and fervently. But one of our sons has been especially close to our hearts throughout the years because it seems as though God has set him apart for a unique purpose...to be a witness to us and to those with whom he has come into contact of the miraculous, gracious, amazing power of God to work in mysterious and marvelous ways, His wonders to behold!
For those who know our son Matthew, you are aware of the story of the miracles that surrounded him and touched his life when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of eighteen. The fact that God not only healed him of one brain tumor, but two within the course of a couple of years remains one of the beautiful mysteries of life that cannot be explained by normal human ideologies. Matthew is now 37 years old, married, and the proud father of our only grandson, Noah, who is ten years old. His life has been blessed and we never cease to praise God for how He has intervened on his behalf many times.
Today Matthew had a CT Scan to examine a small lump that appeared on his lower abdomen. The original thought was that perhaps he had a hernia, but the radiology report revealed that this is an enlarged lymph node, and that he has many more such nodes on his torso. The doctor has scheduled a biopsy for this Friday to determine the cause of the swelling. Matthew lives in Maine. We live in Florida. That's a long way away for my son to be when such news comes.
A few years ago, when we were in the midst of another son's trials and tribulations, I learned a little song while leading the music for our church Vacation Bible School. The name of the song is, "God Is In Control", originally sung by Twila Paris. It goes something like this:
I have sung that song many times since those days of concern and distress; sometimes with tears streaming down my face, but I had to accept the fact that GOD IS IN CONTROL! Not me! God!"God is in Control...we believe that His children will not be forsaken, God is in contol, We will choose to remember and never be shaken. There is no power above or beside Him we know! Oh oh oh, God is in Control!