Today’s topic is about a personal trial I endured in 2002. 2002, you may recall was a very memorable year for the DMV and the country as a whole. DMV stands for District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (my hometown and where I was raising my family). My trial came during the time when our area was on the edge, due to a sniper who was going from town to town and city to city without a clue to the who and why those crimes were being committed.
Long story short, America got a wake up call about the stereotypical serial killer. Meanwhile, I was dealing with a personal crisis of momentous proportions. I was on the edge for a different reason…I was the parent of a missing 14-year-old daughter. My daughter was going through growth and development without the help and assurance of a father love. So, I was the cook, baker, and candle stick maker doing all I knew to be the provider.
I worked and commuted to Arlington,Virgina daily. As I was praying seeking help from local authorities, FBI, and trying to find my daughter everyday, I was getting the bad reports about the sniper killing in the DMV. I fasted and prayed and the Lord spoke to me these very words “you can’t have an Isaac you’re not willing to put on the altar”. Wow that wasn’t the answer I was expecting. Being an evangelist and teacher of the word, I was trained in Spiritual warfare. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. –
When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there; then he laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar on the wood.
I had to learn about truly trusting in the Lord and allowing him to order my steps. God honors blind faith and it takes all our spiritual muscles to develop faith when your first-born in missing. Nevertheless, God brought me out just as he said he would never leave me nor forsake me… only after I had faith to leave it on the altar. It took several months to be reunited with my daughter and going through the court proceeding to take the criminal to trial. That was a another test of faith. To much is given much is required.
I know you as a believer may be going through some of the darkest days of your life, and it seems there is no end in sight. Just take a leap of blind faith as the minutes turn to hours and the hours into days, and you will see that he will make a way of escape. Trust the Lord with all your heart in all your ways and in all you’re doing. It’s better to please God and go through the trial then to walk it alone. God restored the days the canker worm, palmer worms stole. I can pay it forward the encouragement and faith to others because I know first hand just what God did for my family and the ram in the bush. Fathers bless us when the time comes to being in the same position as our forefather Abraham when you prayed, fasted and obeyed.Help us in our unbelief to stand firm under the power of Jesus. Remind us of who we are and whom we belong in Jesus name I pray.