"This Is My Little Preacher!"
I wish one of us five kids on one bike would have seen that bump sign before we started down that hill. But no one saw it. If just one of us would have seen it, I wouldn't be wearing this bump on my head today.
I was five years old and extra short for my age. I was in the basket up front. The impact to my head was so hard that doctors discovered it caused a bone to grow abnormally on the right side above my eye. With the bad news came another shocker. The x-ray also showed a brain tumor. I was sent to a brain specialist in Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.
Mercy Hospital is a Catholic Hospital. My mother got all the nuns and priests praying for me. All I can tell you is the morning of my tumor surgery, my mother came into my hospital room all excited. She said, "Bill, they just took another set of x-rays to make sure they know how to take the tumor out, but they can't find it. It's gone!"
I learned early in life to never tell God who He can't use to bless us, for there are hungry hearts in every church and denomination who we will need more in the days to come. The final blow to that tumor came two years earlier when my mother began to tell everybody, "This is my little preacher!"
Years later, the Lord showed me her spoken prophetic word over my life, "This is my little preacher!" ate the tumor alive like a spiritual pack man, for it had come to steal God's purpose for my life. They then did surgery to scrape the bone away on my head as much as they could, but it still marks my life to this day.
God Blessed the Bump In the Road
Have you ever wished that you could go back one day in your life and live it over? You guessed it. That would be the one day for me. I would have done anything but take a bike ride. But as I am getting older, with years of wisdom from the school of hard knocks, I have learned to think different. I don't think I would change a thing. For God blessed the bump in the road that led me straight to Jesus when I was five years old.
Looking back, it wasn't the easy road that blessed my life. It was the broken road that blessed me. What about you?
Before I get up to minister lately, I have found myself weeping at times. At a recent meeting I asked my wife if she had any more Kleenex. I've noticed the atmosphere is so different when this happens. God comes in on the wings of brokenness. He is healing our broken wings to fly again.
Big Leagues and Big Hits Go Together
During the recent Super Bowl game, the kick-off receiver caught the football deep in the end zone and ran like a deer, only to hit a brick wall of opposition at about the 20 yard line. Even the announcer sounded shaken at the sudden impact felt high above the stadium (click here). The receiver held onto the football with a vengeance, and the opposing players' frantic scramble to steal the ball was all in vain.
Later in the game, unable to forget this play, I said to the Lord, "Why have I been in a season where I have been taking so many hard hits?" The Lord answered, "Son, I have put you into the big league. Big leagues and big hits go together!"
His words were life to me. The enemy almost convinced me, "God has left you and He doesn't care about you." I thought it was God letting me down when He was actually raising me up. I could see where God was now. He was on the sideline as my coach.
Could it be when we experience His awesome presence is when we are on the sidelines with Him receiving encouragement and instructions for the next game play? All of a sudden, I felt honored by those hits and assaults from the opposition coming against me. They were now signs and confirmation of my promotion. Many others have been promoted into the big league of God's Kingdom and are unaware of it.
When the enemy hits you hard or life itself comes against you, hold onto the football with both hands. Hold onto God's word that He has spoken to you. The enemy's job is to strip the football or God's word from you. And when you get knocked down, get up proudly, for you are in the big league and the game is not over.
In another play that same kick-off receiver caught the football eight yards deep in the end zone and ran all the way for a touchdown, tying a Super Bowl record of the longest kick-off return in Super Bowl history (click here). (Photo courtesy: NY Daily News)
They first thought it was a record breaker of a hundred and nine yards, but they remeasured the field and found that it tied a previous record. Big leagues and big hits not only go together but also big leagues and big scoring runs go together!
Many reading this message are hitting major bumps in the road and taking some big hits in life. But your bumps have come to bless you and your hits have made you stronger to make history winning touchdowns in God's Kingdom. God is measuring the field for you.
It's time to break the records!
Blowing the Shofar Ministries
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Maryland, for the past 33 years where he is now an elder and a home missionary. He is currently an advisor at large for Aglow International. Bill faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope for 23 years and now travels full-time, both in the U.S. and internationally, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. "Humility and Humor" characterize his ministry as he brings forth a fresh word that is "in season," proclaiming the word of the Lord! The shofar (or ram's horn) is often used in his meetings, breaking the powers of darkness over regions, churches and households. The shofar represents God's breath blowing into the nostrils of His people, reviving them and awakening the lost. Many of God's messages, which Bill ministers prophetically, come out of his everyday life with his family and friends.
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