Anne Graham Lotz said that after the death of her father, famed evangelist Billy Graham, and the busyness surrounding his funeral, God urged her to rest and take time to process what had taken place.
In a recent blog post, the founder of AnGeL Ministries shared how, following the death of John the Baptist, Jesus invited His disciples to come away by themselves and get some rest.
“He knew how difficult it was to minister to others while their own hearts were breaking,” she said. “I, too, have heard the Lord whisper that same invitation to me in a unique way following my father’s move to Heaven and the swirl of events that were triggered by it.”
The 69-year-old Lotz recounted the flurry of events that took place following her father’s passing on Feb. 21, including extensive meet-and-greets, a processional through the nation’s capitol, a private dinner at the White House, and a funeral service in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“To say I was beyond exhaustion physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, would not come close to describing my state of being,” she said. “But the Lord knew I was poised to plunge into frantic activity in order to catch up on two weeks of work that had been paused. He knew that while I needed rest… quiet … isolation … I wouldn’t take it unless I was forced to take it.”
The following Sunday, Lotz was diagnosed with the worst strain of the flu, forcing her to lie down for over a week.
“To do nothing but rest. By myself. I know the Lord who is my Shepherd is the One who has made me lie down,” she said.
Lotz said that while she was only able to process a portion of what she experienced, some things regarding her father’s life and ministry are abundantly clear.
“I do know that my father’s life — and death — promoted the Gospel, exalted Jesus Christ, and glorified God! I do know that in the three weeks since word of my father’s homegoing was made public, the Gospel has been proclaimed worldwide over and over in every conceivable way by individuals, news media, ministries, entertainers, talk shows, churches … and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).”
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Source: Christian Post