Pastor's Thoughts

 THROUGH THE FIRE

 

As the night begin to fall, a 13 year-old young girl was asked to give the baby a bath.  Since the weather was cold on the outside, the bathroom furnace had been lit.  The young teen, still wearing her dress and petticoat, begin to prepare the water and the infant for the bath.  While stooping over, with her back to the furnace, the dress had unknowingly caught aflame.  In a brief few seconds, the young girl was engulfed in flames.  With smoke and fire filling the room, the 13 year-old child began to scream.  Horror filled the home as her father rushed to her aid.  Quickly, he threw her to the floor.  Then immediately picked her up in his arms and ran for the car.  Both parents were in sheer panic as their child's flesh was burned to the bone.

 

For the next nine months, the young teenager lay in a hospital bed flat on her stomache.  She was severely burned from her shoulders to her knees on the backside of her body.  The doctors and nurses had never seen such burns in their career.  In their view, there was nothing more they could do to help her.  It would take a miracle for her to survive.

 

During those long nine months, a couple of preachers faithfully came by to visit with the family.  The mother, at her wit's end, asked the two men if they would annoint her child with oil and pray for her healing.  Upon agreeing, those preachers came to the hospital bed with oil to pray.  Along with those two Men of God, the parents trusted God to hear their prayer and answer it by faith.

 

A few weeks later, to the amazement of the doctors, the young child left the hospital with her mom and dad.  Due to the severity of her deep tissue burns, she was told that she would never bear children.  Nevertheless, God had performed a miracle.

 

Six years later, she joined a young man in marriage.  The next year, contrary to what the doctors predicted, she was with child.  Then in January of 1965 she gave birth to her newborn son.  Two years later she had a little girl.

 

That 13 year-old young girl was my mother.  One of those preachers that annointed her with oil was Bro. Leroy Wright, pastor for many years of Bible Baptist Church in Pascagoula, Ms., who has now gone Home to be with the Lord.  What a great heritage God has given me.

 

I never fully knew this story until my adult years.  Yet, I believe the Lord has a perfect plan for each and every life.  May the Lord be glorified and exalted in all that has been done Through The Fire.

 

Bro. Tim

12/20/11

 

 

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