Greetings to you in the name of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We come to you once again in this month of February 2016. My how time goes by, another year brings lots of changes, some good and some not so good. Most people don’t like change because change can often be very intimidating.
The new and unknown venues of God can be exciting and rewarding if we Trust in the Lord. He will lead and guide your footsteps and into all truths. We say it with our mouth that we trust, but along with trust you must also believe it in your heart.
As we all know during the month of February we are currently celebrating Black History. Not only are we celebrating Black History but along with that we are celebrating one of the holiest times of the year (Lenten Season), and also Repentance. This is a time to reflect and expect the unexpected.
The Bible says in Psalm 9 vs 18: for the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Psalm 62vs 5: My soul waits thou only upon god for my expectations from him. Proverbs 10 vs 28: The hope of the righteous shall be gladness but expectations of the wicked shall perish.
Like the title of my column, we sometimes do namedropping. We may throw out someone’s name such as a celebrity or someone we may know that we think can help to open a door or help in a certain situation. This could very well be true but in the end Jesus Christ is the best name to drop.
This year we have heard of several individuals that have passed. When I lived in New York there was someone I admired very much, a friend, Natalie Cole, a singer and daughter of the late Nat King Cole.
She was such a gifted and talented person, for five years she lost her voice and was unable to sing but God healed her voice to sing again although kidney failure took her life. Ed Bradley, the New York anchorman, lost his battle with cancer.
These are some names I dropped. I said this to say I am one of those individuals that could have been gone on to glory, but through and by the grace of God I’m still alive. A gift is so special. Proverbs 17 vs 8: A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it; withersoever it turneth it prospereth.
Some of you may remember the man with the golden voice, about six or seven years ago he was homeless and on drugs. He was discovered for his fabulous voice. Given the opportunity to clean up and use that voice God gave him for commercials, he must have felt at that time he wasn’t ready, so he went back to the streets.
Praises to God, he gave his life to Christ. He is clean and sober and he is now a radio announcer for a gospel station,. His name is Ted Williams and he is an African-American. Only God can do that!! That is another name I dropped.
I said all this to say, “We can overcome if we desire.” I do hope you have enjoyed and been blessed by this column. God Bless!!
Florence E Green is the regional evangelist for the Mount Airy Ministerial Association.