I have no idea why I chose this particular morning to clean out my email folders. Unlike organized people, I tend to read things, think I might want to keep it, plop it in a pile or folder somewhere and promptly forget I ever saw it. I found myself staring at the folders today, thinking I might need to attempt to go through them. Well, maybe one of two of them anyway.
I scanned the first folder and thought it might contain things I might still need. Rather than look at every single email, I decided to let it sit for another year or two and moved on to the next file. Right away I saw a few things that I knew I did not need. Then I paused.
It was an email from a minister I had known since I was in my early teens. He and his wife used to live in Winnipeg. Each summer, they would pack up their kids as well as a number of young people from their church and bring them to Minnesota to a camp sponsored by our denomination. My family had also visited them as well.
My mother stayed in contact with them over the years and back in 2010, through my mother, I learned that he had brain cancer and the prognosis was not good. I got his contact information from my mother and sent him and his wife an email, letting them know they were in my prayers.
The email I read today opened up with thanking me for my recent email and my prayers. It spoke briefly of how he was doing and his new treatment. Then the email shifted gears.
... you are special. God does have his hand upon your life.
There is no doubt they were relevant for me back in August 2010. At the time, I had spent the past two years dealing with serious health issues. Though I didn't know it, I had just begun my last year of teaching school and would lose my job four months later. This words were definitely relevant for me the day I first read them.
However,I needed this reminder today as well. As I read these words, the face and voice of this dear man of God came to mind. I could envision him looking at me with his piercing, compassionate and loving eyes and confidently saying these words. There was no doubt in his mind. I am special to God and He does have His hand upon my life.
I have been a member of CB since July 2007. During that time I have written 1,700 blogs. Occasionally, much to my surprise, I will have a blog written years before suddenly resurface or I will see the blog of someone else come to light once again. Why? Because the words written years before were relevant to someone today. Sometimes, back then, there was no comments and perhaps very few views. That's okay because you see, someone who needed it, found it and God used it to bless and encourage someone not just in the past but in the present and perhaps... even in the future.
I believe that as Christians who are also bloggers, we need to remember that. Do our words strengthen the Body of Christ? Do they reveal Christ to those who do not know Him? Are our words a blessingor a curse to those who read them?
Though time passes, what we write may still have an impact. We must never forget that.
[quote]That's okay because you see, someone who needed it, found it and God used it to bless and encourage someone not just in the past but in the present and perhaps... even in the future.[/quote]
My thoughts exactly.
[quote]I believe that as Christians who are also bloggers, we need to remember that. Do our words strengthen the Body of Christ? Do they reveal Christ to those who do not know Him? Are our words a blessingor a curse to those who read them?[/quote]
How profound! A blessing or a curse... Oh, God give me wisdom to write only those things that you want said and keep my own opinions to myself!
This blog popped up tonight unexpectedly. What I did not mention was the man I wrote about passed away shortly after I had received his email.
Tears filled my eyes as I re-read the words he had written to me: "...you are special. God does have his hand upon your life."
These are words for all of us and may we never forget them!