by Cindy Geyer
but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
There are many times in our lives that things do not turn out as expected. You know, how you are going through life each day as expected but then all of a sudden there is a new twist. These last few months have been one of those times for me. My life was heading in one direction, then God put up a detour sign.
I have been on this interesting detour the last six months. Yet on this path, God is still with me. This detour has now become the road I will be taking the rest of my life.
It all started the last week of September 2015. I started not feeling well, a bad headache and ear pain, that wouldn’t ease up. This was the week right before the Word in Motion Ministries fall conference in October at which I was to be the speaker. I thought I just had a headache from all the prep and stress of getting a conference put together, and preparing my family for me being gone for the weekend. But little did I know, God was altering my path.
The conference started amazingly. God was moving right from the start. We were all excited to see the ladies and watch how God was moving in each of their hearts right away. As the day began I started noticing, that my appetite was less and I still had the headache. Saturday morning when I woke up my left ring finger was swollen and painful, had to work to get my wedding ring off. Also, my right knee has a scar, from when I was a child, that had become red and painful. Then right before the second session on Saturday, I noticed red blotches on my shins. They hurt and were hot to the touch. My leadership team and I prayed and trusted God to heal me and help me through the day. After the afternoon session I went to rest and prepare for the evening. That is when I noticed that the red blotches had spread and my legs were swelling. My right wrist had started to swell and was painful to move. I was feeling feverish and just plain old yucky. We weren’t sure what was going on. My team and I prayed again for God’s healing touch and trusted him to carry me through.
Saturday evening’s session was a profound night in the Lords presence. God moved in such a tender and dramatic way in each of us that evening. I still look back on that night and smile and cry at the same time at how God touched each heart and how each lady was moved in obedience to his call. WOW!
So, when all was said and done that evening, My team and I went back to our rooms to rest and thank the Lord for all he had done so far. When I got to my room I checked my legs. The red blotches had spread all over my shins and the swelling in my finger, wrists and legs had gotten worse. I couldn’t even touch or bump my legs. Even the sheets brushing against them was painful.
I call my team together to discuss the circumstances. We were dumbfounded at what was happening. Our only choice was to pray. We knew that we were doing what God had planned for that weekend. Why was I being attacked? We were reviewing the day and giving God praise for what He had done in the ladies hearts and what was in store for Sunday. We figured the enemy was not happy and was trying to prevent or hinder what was happening in the ladies hearts by taking me out. So we went into authority mode and interceded on my and the ladies behalf. We sought the Lord and He heard us. We were convinced that God was in control. He was there and this was his plan. He gave me a peace in my heart to press on and an assurance that He had me in the palm of His hand. My purpose was to finish what He had called me to do that weekend. So we went to bed assured of God’s mighty hand in the situation.
Then Sunday morning all my symptoms were worse… “So, God, are you still in control of this? The pain is worse and I don’t know if I can even stand, let alone focus to teach or lead the ladies. What do you want me to do?” I cried out to the Lord.
As I was painfully walking down to the conference room with one of my leaders, I said to her, “if we weren’t here doing the conference, I would be asking you to take me to the ER. But I know God has called me here for this time and I will trust him. If I die doing this, teaching the ladies on repentance and rest, then it is worth it.” She started praying in the spirit.
I had no idea how long this detour was going to be….
More to follow: look for blog - DETOURS IN LIFE part 2