Two weeks ago, I wrote at tribute called “What Is In Your Hands” and honoured the life of Cheryl Ann Johnson.
It seems so fitting that yesterday, I preached in Kabwe, Zambia, a city that Cheryl often visited and fulfilled her ministry call.
Two unique things happened, First, just before getting up to preach, I opened my iPad and noticed that the date was November 22nd. It hit me that thirty-two years ago, to the day, my parents left this earth for their eternal home as a result of a tragic car accident. Secondly, during my message, I shared Cheryl’s final words to me when she said “her hands, once filled with Zambia, now seemed so empty”.
At the end of my message, I shared Isaiah 41:13, “For I am the Lord your God, the one who takes hold of your right hand, who says to you, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am helping you.’” This verse took on great significance in my life after the loss of my parents.
Then, I had the congregation come forward to the altar to lift their hands in surrender to God. It was at that moment that I realised Cheryl’s life work was not done in vain. Though her hands seemed empty as she neared death, her earthly ministry will be carried on by Zambians who lifted their hands in surrender to God’s purposes for their lives.
Never underestimate the work of your hands. Even when they feel empty, remember who holds you by your right hand! And when the work of your hands is finished, remember that those who were blessed by your hands will continue the work you started.
Until next time…