Stopped in My Tracks

Arrested by the partner letter from Bill Jack of Worldview Academy, I wanted other people to hear the message, too.  The truth included in this grieving mother’s heartfelt letter of appreciation is vital for us all, even if we don’t face such extreme situations.  It is with Bill’s permission I publish most of his letter:

In one of the more difficult sessions I teach at Worldview Academy, I emphasize that what one fears is what one tends to worship.  For example, if one fears not having enough money, friends or good health, then material things, people or self become one’s god.  A mother’s recent letter reminded me of the importance of teaching students that principle – to be wise, we are to fear God above all else.  She wrote: I am the mom of 4 boys who all attended WVA for 3 years each . . .

Weston, the third son, passed away this summer after 2 years of battling a relapse of cancer that he originally fought back in 2004-05 when he was just 10 years old.  His diagnosis of relapse to both lungs was just 3 days after we picked him up form Worldview at Point Loma University in San Diego in June of 2011.

We are so thankful that God prepared him spiritually at camp for what was about to be discovered.  On the day the three tumors were found in his lungs (the Monday after camp ended on Friday), he spoke profound words to me, truth that I believe the Holy Spirit had deposited into his heart at WVA camp.  We had just seen a terrible chest x-ray that showed three masses, and I was a nervous wreck.  While we were waiting to see the oncologist, I blurted out to him “I’m afraid.”  He then looked me in the eyes and said calmly, “Don’t be afraid, Mom.  What you fear is what you worship, that’s why the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”  I was taken aback.  It was as though the Holy Spirit was speaking directly to my fear through the voice of my 17-year-old very sick son.  Weston lived by this truth throughout his 2-year battle without fear, and with grace and truth and courage that could only come from the Lord.  He now has his reward, and can live forever in paradise with Jesus.

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NOTE:  If you have teenagers, consider sending them to one of the many WVA camps held each summer where they can learn more of the truth of Christ and His Word.  In addition, gifts to Worldview Academy help support this powerful ministry to our future adults.  If you want to support Bill Jack specifically, make note of it on your donation.  Follow the link to Worldview Academy.

A Work of Art

Late one afternoon, I cleaned my kitchen windows inside and out, including sweeping any webs and other debris from the frame and sill.  In the dark of that very night, while no one watched but its Creator, this spider wove a perfect web for me to see at the sun’s rising.

As I marvel at God’s intricate creativity, praises flow freely from my lips.  He is amazing, and what He has created is amazing – including spiders!

Psalm 145:5 AMP  On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wondrous works I will meditate.

Isaiah 12:5 AMP  Sing praises to the Lord, for He has done excellent things [gloriously]; let this be made known to all the earth.