|Don’t make memorials from places of pain; make them praise-worthy instead!|
What he did next gives me chills.
Right there… in the very spot his loved one departed this earth, he mustered a spiritual maturity that most of us dream of attaining. He then selflessly offered a sacrifice of praise to His Heavenly Father. He praised Him for who He was, who He is and all the wondrous things He has done in spite of the death of his brother.
Pastor Brock transformed that spot of sadness and grief into a place of spiritual beauty. No longer did that street represent death. After his praise offering, it represented the amazing life Jesus died to give all who will accept Him.
I think the best part of all of this is that he did this in the presence of his boys. Whether they realize it or not, they received a spiritual deposit that will empower them for years to come – that is if they learn the lesson.
Pastor Brock said on that day, he turned his heart wound into something other than an ugly scar that refuses healing. The day he surrendered that pain, it became a spiritual “beauty mark” symbolizing praise, worship, and total surrender.
Timing is everything.
Now, healing takes time and happens when it happens. The important thing is not to inhibit it by holding on to the pain. Hey, I’ll bet it took Pastor Brock some time to get to that point of surrender. It will take time for you as well.
I’m sure the day after his brother’s funeral, he never could not have worshiped as he did on that street the day. No, it likely took some time. So, do not rush yourself, Godsy Girl- but do not stall (or get stuck in the pain) either.
The truth be told, I am currently going through my own season of “deepest darkness”. My tears had been my bread. God has been faithful and His Holy Spirit very present. I am not sharing this with you for sympathy. That’s not what I am about. Nevertheless, I want you to know that Pastor Brock’s testimony spoke directly into my current life situation.
Sometimes, life is just…hard. A hopeless medical prognosis, a financial burden, rebellious children, a broken relationship, marital problems, and deteriorating health… all threaten our peace and our praise. But, now you know the answer: build an alter.
Build an alter of praise from your illness, sadness, disappointment, grief or trauma. Make the pain a symbol of God’s faithfulness, healing power and His endless mercy. Praise Him in it, through it and after it. There is healing in your worship. Now, worship and be made whole in Jesus name.
Note: I emailed Pastor Brock to thank him for his transparency. He responded with grace, encouragement and humility.
God bless you, Pastor and thank you for helping us grow.
Visit his website here.