January Cloud of The Month!!

January 31, 2010 5:43 pm Published by 1 Comment

My name is Debbie H. and I am sending you my story for “Cloud of the Month” to let you know how Mark Schultz and his music has touched my life, and helped me to be a witness for Christ.  My husband and I have been to several Mark Schultz concerts. Actually, every time he comes to Charlotte, we are there! I have ALL of Mark’s CD’s in autographed copies. We have been lucky enough to meet Mark backstage on 3 occasions. In November, we were a part of filming the music video for Marks new CD at Hickory Grove North. It was awesome! The presence of the Lord was really felt in that place. We decided to sponsor a child through World Vision that night. It is something we have talked about in the past, but on that night we really felt the Lord calling us to do it!

The concert was on Friday; 2 days later on Sunday, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  I had to have lots of tests done in a short period of time.  I had 2 MRI’s done on Sunday, all the way inside that machine!  I don’t know if you have ever experienced an MRI but it is VERY loud and VERY close quarters. And at this time, I knew there was something that showed up on the CT scan, but not sure exactly what.  I was really a nervous wreck!

They gave me some head phones with Satellite Radio to try to block out some of the noise….of course I asked for contemporary Christian music. I’m not sure what song was playing as they were getting me all set up, head gear in place, IV’s started, and all the way in the machine.  I remember thinking, well, Lord, its just you and me in here. Please don’t leave me now. Your Word says that you will NEVER leave me or forsake me. The next thing I hear in my headphones is Mark Schultz singing…”Father let the world just fade away, Let me feel your presence in this place, Lord I’ve never been so weary, How I need to know you’re near me, Father let the world just fade away…”  I started to cry, tears just streamed down my face.  These were JUST the words I needed to hear!  and then came the next verse, “Father let your Holy Spirit sing; Let it calm this storm inside of me. As I stand amazed, Lift my hands and say, He is, He was, He always will be!  If I could have lifted my hands in Praise at that moment, I would have done it!  I could ACTUALLY FEEL the Lords hands around my waist inside that MRI. I KNEW that I was not alone and that the Lord was with me, no matter what the tests results showed!  And in my mind, I could see Mark at the concert, on his knees with outspread arms as we, in the audience, sang the words to his new song filming the music video.  It is an experience I will never forget. Having that MRI was one of the worst times of my life, yet it was so wonderful!

I had brain surgery the following Wednesday;the tumor was Benign, Praise God! But the doctor could not get it all, as part of it is sitting on a major blood vessel in my brain. I am currently undergoing 30 radiation treatments to shrink what is left.  The bills are starting to roll in…..can we really keep our commitment to the child that we sponsored through World Vision?  YES we can!  Gods timing is perfect and there is a reason that now is the time I have this brain tumor and it is the time we decided to sponsor a child.  He is, He was and He always will be!  We can share Gods love with our adopted child and I know that God will allow us the financial means to support her every month.

Thank you Mark, for being obedient to what God would have you to do through your music. There were 4 days while I was in the hospital that I could not see, could not tolerate lights or noise, but I had your songs on my IPOD, with the earbuds laying on my pillow and I could hear your music and sing praises to the Lord. Your music has gotten me through the hardest days of my life!  We cannot wait to see how God will use all of this to reach other people, especially our child in Thailand.

May God richly bless you and your family in 2010!
Debbie H

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