What would the world think if every time we got the opportunity, whether in good times or bad, we lifted up the name of Jesus? What if instead of elevating our own names we made His name famous?

This summer God gave me an extreme opportunity to make HIS name famous! He stretched my family in ways that I never expected or dreamed of. My mom went to the hospital for a routine back surgery and the plan was for her to be released in 3-5 days. My family’s expectation was that this would be yet another surgery in the books for mom. She has had many surgeries over the years and, to be quite honest, we were not prepared for anything other than a routine surgery and recovery.

Mom’s back surgery went well, however she suffered a stroke as a result of her back surgery and was rushed into emergency brain surgery all within 24 hours. Needless to say, we as a family were at a crossroads on how to respond. We could fall apart and fret or we could choose hope in a powerful and miraculous God.

Millions of questions went through my mind and I had to make an immediate choice to choose faith and hope in my mom’s outcome. I’m so thankful we have a God who knows, who is able, and who cares that was right there with us through it all. The valley we were going through as a family felt long and very hard. But as much as the minutes, hours, days, and weeks felt long for us, I couldn’t help but think about how long and hard those minutes, hours, days and weeks were feeling for my mom!

While time felt like it was standing still during those long hospital days, God compelled me to share with the world about the amazing journey HE was taking my mom and the rest of our family through. There were days through this journey that I didn’t really feel like bragging on God. The truth is, some days we experienced the depths of the valley and it felt like there was no light at the end of a very dark tunnel. In those long, hard moments HE reminded me about these verses!

Isaiah 26.1-8

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;

God makes salvation

It’s walls and ramparts.

2 Open the gates

that the righteous nation may enter,

the nation that keeps faith.

3 You will keep in perfect peace

those whose minds are steadfast,

because they trust in you.

4 Trust in the Lord forever,

for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

5 He humbles those who dwell on high,

he lays the lofty city low;

he levels it to the ground

and casts it down to the dust.

6 Feet trample it down—

the feet of the oppressed,

the footsteps of the poor.

7 The path of the righteous is level;

you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.

8 Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,

we wait for you;

your name and renown

are the desire of our hearts.

After reading these verses, I came to the point that I realized I should ask myself this question: “Will my words or actions make God’s name famous through this trial?” After all, it is my full-time occupation in my Christian life to find ways in my speech, attitude, and actions to show God’s worthiness.

As I sat there in the waiting room for hours, I was vulnerable and feeling heartbroken as I watched my dad suffer in pain while he watched my mom struggle. As our wonderful God began blessing my mom significantly, it still felt like the bottom of a valley.