The Immanuel Effect

May 2, 2018

Ever been sick? We all have or will be. Even the healthiest of us gets a sniffle now and then. And the sweetest, best person you know can get cancer. Shoot; that stinks.

But you know what’s worse? Getting sick without knowing Immanuel (Jesus). Immanuel means, “God with us.” Think about that. It’s amazing. John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” *

Have I mentioned before that when the diagnosis came, Sam’s and my first prayer was, “Lord Jesus (Immanuel), whatever You have for us, we’re in?”

Here’s the effect:

  • We cried.
  • We rejoiced.
  • We worshipped Him.
  • We laughed together, a lot. I mean, why change what had already been our M.O.? (For you non-lawyerly types — and I am among you — M.O. is the abbreviation for modus operandi, a well-established characteristic).

All of the above is what I call the Immanuel Effect. It’s how to go about living when we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, because we know life on this earth is fleeting. As the shadow of death passes over each Christian, we enter life in Heaven, for forever! What a party that will be. (See what I did there? Death is but a shadow for Christians). Woot! That’s the BEST.NEWS.EVER.

After Sam went home to glory, I leaned into the Lord so hard I thought I’d fall over. But He has held me up every day and every day. And the Immanuel Effect has me feeling His everlasting arms

…[God] Who rides the heavens to help you, And in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms;…” (Deuteronomy 33:26b-27a)

I miss Sam every day, but I know he’d be grinning right along with me.

The Immanuel Effect is for more than the grieving. It’s for those of us who are doing life. God wastes nothing, and He uses all aspects of our lives for our good and His glory.

As I become a “new” me, laughter is returning and I am often the comic relief when I am with my friends. In all honesty, I am my own comic relief. It’s not a cover-up; it’s true joy in living for the Lord. I look up and thank God for Jesus, the One who heals and the One who turns our mourning into dancing. 

Psalm 30:11 says, 

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.”

I pray you feel the Immanuel Effect.
I pray you laugh even through your tears and then afterward.

Contact me if you need prayer or just an online hug.

Next up: Depression (Crikey, that sounds, well, depressing).

*All Scripture references are from the New King James version

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