WHAT A DAY Andy Hollifield 11-20-17
Proverbs 27:1 Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
I don’t know if this verse has any relevance to what I am writing or not, but it is good sound doctrine. I believe it was D.L. Moody that once made the statement; one of the kindest things that God ever done was to put a curtain between us and tomorrow. That is a very true statement. If you knew that tomorrow you were going to be hospitalized through the emergency room, you would be completely panicked just waiting for something to happen. Matthew 6:34 says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” I am thankful that God doesn’t let us see tomorrow because if he did, I wouldn’t have slept a wink Saturday night. You see, that works both ways; for good and bad. Have you ever been unable to sleep the night before a vacation just anxiously awaiting the time to get up and get ready to leave? Well I have and if I had of known Saturday night what was coming on Sunday, I would have done it again. If I had of known how sweet the Holy Ghost was going to flood my soul in service at Brush Creek Baptist in Fairview Sunday morning, I would have been too excited to sleep Saturday night. It wasn’t a big, loud, shouting, service, which I also love to get in when it’s real, but it was one of those soft, sweet, quiet services where the Holy Ghost just squeezes your heart until the juice runs out of your eyes.
It started with the choir singing the song; The Lily Of The Valley. I have found a friend in Jesus, he’s everything to me. He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. He’s the lily of the valley in him alone I see, all I need to cleanse and make me fully whole. In sorrow he’s my comfort in trouble he’s my stay. He tells me every care on him to roll. He’s the lily of the valley the bright and morning star. He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. The second verse just stood out to me as they sung, “He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows born. In temptation he’s my strong and mighty tower. I have all for him forsaken and all my idols torn from my heart, and now he keeps me by his power. Tho all the world forsake me and Satan tempts me sore, through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal. He’s the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star, he’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.” The last verse says, ” He will never never leave me nor yet forsake me here, while I live by faith and do his blessed will. A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear. with his manna he my hungry soul shall fill. Then sweeping up to glory to see his blessed face where rivers of delight shall ever roll. He’s the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star, he’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul. I am in no way trying to take credit for Mr. Ira Sankey’s song. Just read the words again. He ALL my grief has taken and ALL my sorrows borne. In temptation he’s my strong and might tower. As they began to sing the second verse it really started ringing up on my soul. Then a gentleman got up and sung “and I’m a royal descendant of a king from Jerusalem.” I may not look much like royalty to you but I am glad I am a child of the king. Maybe it was just me but there was a peace that started on top of my head and went down to my feet just knowing that he has taken all of my grief and I have nothing to fear. The choir then followed up with what I call the national anthem of heaven, “Amazing Grace.”
All throughout the service God just treated me like I was his favorite son. I had also been invited to stay for lunch and then I picked up the shoeboxes they had done for the ministry. Then Sunday night I got to be with Brian Roberts and his folks at Shoal Hill FWB in Marshall, NC talking about the ministry and our recent trip to Texas. God just blessed me with a wonderful day that I couldn’t begin to put into words. When I get to talk about what God has let me be a part of through the ministry and the way he has demonstrated his power time and time again as only he can, I can’t help but get excited.
On TV there is an insurance commercial where one man has had his car stripped in a bad neighborhood and when he sees it he says “What a day!” Meanwhile a teenager that has just received her first car from her dad and later passes her driver’s licence exam, walks out of the insurance office and with uncontrollable excitement says “What a day!” That is kind of how today has been. As a matter of fact, that is how most days are. Not that I don’t have my share of trouble because I do. But God has been kind enough not to let me know about tomorrow until it gets here but he constantly reminds me that he holds tomorrow. Today, he reminded me that I am royalty. Born of royal blood and a “Royal Descendant” of Jesus Christ and then reminds me that, even though I sometimes get in the valley spiritually, he is the lily in my valley. And on top of that, with a God like Mr. Sankey described in his song, how could you not possibly have a good day when God reminds you of all of that. I am not at all boasting of myself because I didn’t know it was coming. I have already thanked God for blessing me with the presence of his Spirit today, but it was so good that I wanted to share it with you in hopes that you will be blessed as well. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!