This is a guest post from Serena DeGarmo. I have grown to love and respect the DeGarmos for all they have been through in the loss of their son Azaiah. No parent should have to go through what they have. And yet, through their pain they have demonstrated such faith, such hope, and such love. I came across this post the other day and knew I would have to share it. When we began sharing our story with others concerning God Still Speaks, and what really happened when we nearly lost our own son back in 2010, we too began to receive the same looks and stares, the same negative words and rejections. The truth is, people are afraid of what they don’t understand. And it is my prayer that as we go to the Bible to see what it really has to say about our relationship with God, we will come away knowing that we serve a God who is first and foremost relational, who loves us, and who wants to speak to us and to our daily lives. I pray God’s greatest blessings on the DeGarmos and they continue to give God glory for all He has done for, through, and in them.
This video captures the heart of who we are today. It captures our loss, our suffering, our faith and our hope.
This video captures a message that I am pretty relieved that I could portray. We stayed. My son died and we stayed. My husband buried a son that he yearned and we stayed. We were tortured by grief and we stayed. We stayed because we clung to Truth. We clung to the resurrected Christ.
Isn’t that what it’s all about? When you stand at your crossroad of tragedy, will you turn your back on God or run full speed ahead into him?
I think that is what its all about. But there are some in churches around the country that disagree. There is an outspoken tribe who have taken this video to mark my husband as a false teacher because of three words. Mine. Did. Too. This tribe has taken to the web, the pulpit and the kitchen table to warn people of the evils that come from this message. They believe if an individual hears a message from the Creator they must be delusional or a raving liar.
He has been thrown into the fire with the likes Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy and hormonal teenagers just looking for an emotional experience. Satan himself has even been credited with speaking those words that night.This message was preached in Kentucky at the one year anniversary of our son’s death. This message was preached just last month from a pulpit in Alabama.
So is he a false prophet? Is he crazy? I mean his son did just die. He was pressed under a mountain of agony. Couldn’t it just be a message contrived in his mind as a mode of self-healing?
I ask, why would a true believer want to credit anything BUT God? Why would a disciple of the Christ divert the glory from their victorious Savior? And really, why would one who fears the Lord dare deny him his moment of recognition? (Mt. 10:33)
Didn’t David, a man after God’s own heart, recount numerous testimonies of God’s extreme rescue missions? Didn’t David use his redemption as an opportunity for praise? Why would we credit lunacy, coincidence or evil? Is that not blasphemy?
God is a redeemer! He is the redeemer.
I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
He will send from heaven and save me. Psalm 57:2-3
This message has become a burning in my bones. A godly man is being gnawed on by wolves in sheep’s clothing and the name of the Most High is being marginalized and minimized into a heartless, distant, barren God who does not intervene in the lives of his most beloved.
Today I don’t write this to defend the name of my husband. I write this to defend the name of God I serve.
His name is:
Yahweh Shammah: The God Who Is Present
“And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The Lord Is There.” Ezk. 48:35
Yahweh Jireh: The Lord Will Provide
“So Abraham called the name of that place, ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’ “Gen. 22:14
Yahweh Rapha: God Who Heals
“I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.” Ex. 15:26
Yahweh Shalom: The Lord Our Peace
“Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace.” Jdg. 6:24
El Roi: God of Seeing
“So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing,’ for she said, “’Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.’” Gen. 16:13
Time and time again the holy scriptures reveal a pattern.
“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles…
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
The righteous cry, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” From Psalm 34
“And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you.” Psalm 50:15
“He will be very gracious to you at the voice of your cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer you.”Is. 30:19
So did my husband “hear” God’s voice that night? Was it in his ear, his heart or his spirit? I don’t know. I am not such a fool as to claim I understand the workings of the Lord of Hosts. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Is. 55:8
It is written:
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Cor. 2:9-11
What I do know is that his God showed up. His God was present. His God provided. His God healed. His God brought peace. His God saw him there.
And he said blessed be the name of the Lord!
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ... We were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us.” From 2 Cor. 1
In memory of: Azaiah Stone DeGarmo- my strength is Yahweh
If you would like to read more from Serena DeGarmo, you can read her blog at: www.awordywoman.com