Jay Haugh

The As We Are sermon series has been so refreshing, encouraging and challenging as we pause and reflect on the humanity of Jesus. We get a better picture on how Jesus possessed the fullness of God but did not express it in his earthly ministry. We get a front row seat to the kind and extent of Jesus’s obedience. How he willingly endured pain, agony, affliction, shame, rejection and death—even death on a cross. It has caused a deeper sense of worship as I see that he really is our great high priest and he does sympathize with us in our weakness because he’s been tested and tempted in every way just as we are, yet without succumbing to sin (Heb. 4:15).

This past weekend, I shared a little bit about a wonderful lady in our church named Tricia Smith. Some call her Ms. T, some call her Momma T, but Tricia is presently laying her struggles, weaknesses, her pain and desires at the feet of the Father. This last few months have been challenging for her and her husband, Clarence. Clarence has been battling diabetes, congestive heart failure, loss of sight in his right eye, kidney failure and colon issues. On top of all his health problems, she has recently been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing chemo treatment to fight this horrific disease.

All these struggles could easily take them down a path that possesses bitterness, anger and disappointment. Yet, Momma T (and her husband) have decided to journey down a different path. They’ve decided to take a path that leads to the Father. As I talk with Momma T, I’ve repeatedly asked how she’s doing and how she can have such a positive attitude and outlook in her present circumstances. She’s repeatedly stressed how she wants to trust God in “ALL” situations and circumstances.

Listen and meditate on some of the keys reasons you can have this positive mindset when your journey takes an unexpected detour. Momma T clings to certain images. She’s constantly fixing her eyes on “the author and perfector of her faith” (Heb. 12:2). She reflects that our great Savior himself endured pain, affliction, and more for her. She wants to bring glory to him through her endurance. She longs for the day when she will see Jesus and for him to say to her, “Well done thou good and faithful servant!” Another great way that Momma T remains positive is clinging to the promises of God through his Word and song. She has a number of verses she holds fast to so that they will dwell in her richly (Ps. 118:24, Phil. 4:13, Jer. 29:11, Prov. 3:5-6, 1 Thess. 5:18). She also loves to sing songs to strengthen her countenance and spirit. These songs include Give Thanks, How Great Thou Art, I Can Only Imagine...and possibly an Aretha Franklin song or two.

I encourage you to hold fast to Momma T’s lessons. We find hope, strength, and peace when we cling to the promises of God. The Spirit of God uses his Word to awaken faith, help fight temptations, and bring freedom and transformation.