Last week, I heard the most incredible story about redemption.
It is the story of our dear sister Brenda Combs, who happens to be a member of our church’s worship team. She’s the beautiful sister of color, the super-confident one that dances while she sings with such freedom I could only display when dancing in my kitchen, all by myself.
Brenda shared her story with us last Wednesday, during our Women’s Evening Bible Study. And, oh, what a story!
She went from being a an insecure, yet straight-A young student, to being a college dropout, to being a homeless addict for 10 long years, to finding Jesus, to having a baby, to getting back to school, to appearing on TV and Reader’s Digest due to her incredible story, to marrying the love of her life, to graduating with a doctorate, to becoming the recipient of several prestigious awards including a recognition by the First Lady, to becoming a sought-after speaker and GCU’s Ambassador of Inspiration & Achievement, to founding a non-for profit organization called “Finding My Shoes”.
Man, isn’t she something!
Her story is nothing but awesome and incredible. And – like our Women’s Pastor, Thora Anderson, said at the end of our study – it is the story of Christ’s redemptive power. The same power that is at work within each one of us who calls Jesus Lord and Savior. The power that is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
Maybe our story will never be as intense as Brenda’s nor our reach and impact as great. However, the power at work within us, the redemptive power of Jesus Christ is! So let us let us take great comfort and encouragement in such knowledge, and let us faithfully run the course that God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:1-2a, Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.
Running the race alongside with you, as faithfully as I can,