I was humbled by the power of God today. I saw for myself that God moves in mysterious ways. I was driving around, unsuccessfully looking for a parking lot downtown. I found a parking place beside a meter on the street and walked toward the building where my meeting was being held. The attendant of a parking deck saw me approaching and yelled my name. “Dr. Patterson, is that you?” I said, “Yes.” And before I knew it he grabbed me and hugged me and began praising God.
Ordinarily, I object to strangers grabbing me and hugging me, but I sensed that something was different this time. He said, “You don’t know me, but I watched you go through you cancer battle on television and I read your testimony in magazines. I was diagnosed with lung cancer last year. The doctor told me that the cancer spread to my brain and my liver. None of that bothered me because I remembered how God brought you through. I remember your courage and faith. I decided to handle my cancer that same way that you handled your cancer. Now, I am in complete remission.”
I wanted to cry right there on the street corner, because the power of God was so strong. I was overwhelmed with joy that my few words blessed someone I did not know, in such a mighty way.
Never underestimate what God can do with the words that come from your mouth. I freely shared my testimony of receiving God’s strength during my cancer battle. Indeed, God was my power source during that time and I openly talked about what I was going through. A few of my friends were aghast at my candor. They believed that I should endure the process and keep quiet. But I’ll tell you, when God is moving in your life, you cannot and should not ever keep quiet about it.
Perhaps the stranger on the street was kept alive by my testimony. Think of all the people we can keep alive, if we open our mouths and give God praise. Tell somebody what God is doing in your life. You have no idea how it will bless them in their time of need.
Rev 12: 11 NIV
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;