“God does not give us overcoming life; He gives us life as we overcome”
We took Chloe to the Mandisa concert a couple of weeks ago. This was her first concert ever. My husband surprised her with tickets. She didn’t know where we were going until the moment we arrived. That was a special moment. I thought the event was primarily for Chloe. Little did I know how much blessing (and a few tears) I would receive that night.
The concert was a double headliner with Brandon Heath, and a third artist opening. It wasn’t your typical 1, 2, 3 progression. The artists performed together throughout the night, mixing it up. You never knew who was going to sing next, and that was part of the excitement. We went from dancing to worship to a little bit country, all in a matter of minutes. I liked the variety and the fun. The artists genuinely seemed to enjoy working together to the glory of God. That was a special moment to observe. They had this bass player who stole the show, in my opinion. You could tell this guy loves his job. He strutted around the stage with a funky swag and beaming smile on his face. He was part Chuck Berry and part L.L. Cool J. I couldn’t stop watching him. His presence and command were captivating. His joy dissipated the sadness I carried in with me.
At one point in the concert, Mandisa felt led to pray for the crowd. She said, “I hadn’t planned on this tonight, but I feel I need to pray. Some of you are going through it right now”. She asked anyone who felt burdened to raise a hand so someone else could lay a hand on them. It was at this point that Chloe leaned over to me and said, “Mommy, lift your hand…you have problems!” It was so funny and sweet and sincere all at the same time. Bless her heart; she was concerned for Mommy. I laughed out loud as I acknowledged, “Why, yes I do. I have problems”. I lifted my hand up with a smile that just might have outshined the bass player for a moment.
We finished the show singing “Overcomer” together. “Stay in the fight ‘till the final round, you’re not going under, God is holding you right now….” Those words strengthened my soul. The whole evening was like church, and therapy. Mandisa was just what The Great Physician ordered for me that night. I left renewed in heart and mind. These are the moments that spur us on when we are “going through it”.
I have two dear friends who are going through it right now. Both are battling breast cancer. Shelia is celebrating her last chemotherapy treatment. Edie is facing a mastectomy next week, and the start of a long round of treatments. I wanted to make something special to inspire both of them to know and believe God is holding them right now, and they are not going under. Here is my small offering. I call her, “She Overcomes”:
My prayer for my sweet friends and anyone who looks at this painting will feel like I felt that night at the concert. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus told us this so that in Him we would have peace. We can laugh at our problems in the knowledge of how deeply we are loved, and the absolute victory we have in Christ. It is by faith that we overcome. “You might be down for a moment, feeling like its hopeless, that’s when He reminds you….”
You ARE an Overcomer!
Play your funky music, girl. This is your song. Get your swag on and beam your shining smile. You just might be the light in someone’s darkness.