We may not all be familiar with the man in the above picture but he is Bono from the group U2.
I am actually not a fan but I have become aware in the last year or so that Bono claims to be a believer. He has become very much involved in social issues that need to be addressed.....such as the war on aids in Africa.
I just wanted to share a story I heard and tie it in to where I am right now.
As I was watching a sermon this morning on t.v the pastor shared a story that touched my heart-there have been a few things that spoke to me this morning but here is one of them.
As the story started Bono, spoke of a threat against his life that was given in a note before a big concert. The note said that if Bono and the band sang a certain song and in particular the second verse of that song that at that point the person would shoot Bono in the head.
He would never know where it was coming from-but it would happen.
The band discussed if they should cancel the concert or perhaps have it and just not sing the song or the second verse of the song.
After much discussion they decided not to cancel the concert and
to go ahead and sing the whole song.
The time in the concert came to sing the song and Bono began to question their decision.
The song began and he and the band sang the first verse but by the time he got to the second verse the fear really began to sweep over him. He thought what if there really is someone in the rafters or maybe they are right on the front row.
So as he started to sing he just closed his eyes.
He sang the song and as it ended he opened his eyes to view the crowd.
But when he opened his eyes it was not the crowd he saw
but the back of the head of one of the band members
who had stepped out in front of him while he sang.
Did that hit you the way it hit me?
Right now I feel I am about to sing the second verse.
Instead of a shooters note-I have been hearing the voice of my enemy.
he has been telling me that if we step out and follow God....God is going to let me fall flat on my face and we will be destroyed and fail.
Fear is trying to overtake my emotions.
The decision has already been made to follow God and go. But now the roof over our head is getting ready to be gone and the resources to move forward have not materialized yet.
Overwhelmed I close my eyes and throw satans lies to the wind and continue to proclaim the faithfulness of my God even when my emotions threaten to overwhelm me.
I will sing His song of faithfulness.
He has promised to never leave me or forsake me.
And one day soon the end of the song will come
and I will open my eyes to see that He has been standing right in front of me.
Because........ He promised that He would go before me and be my front guard.
My God is faithful to fight off all the enemies threats both real and imagined.
No weapon formed against me will prosper!
Is this cool or what!?
We serve a merciful God!
Wait till you hear the next thing that happened this morning.
But you'll have to wait till tomorrow for that......got some more boxes to pack.
Thanks Leslie ;)