By Belinda Elliott
Christ For The Nations Chief Operating Officer Ginger Lindsay has some experience waiting on the Lord. After serving overseas in various countries through Youth With A Mission, Lindsay and her husband Dennis, who serves as president and CEO of CFN, felt God leading them to return stateside — a move that left Lindsay feeling discouraged.
“This was an interesting time for me because I had just been pulled out of a life of witnessing, evangelism and serving people and was brought here to start a family. I felt like I had lost my ministry to the world,” Lindsay says.
She was gripped by feelings of despondency until God spoke to her in the middle of her new circumstances. “He said, ‘Yes, you do have a ministry. You don’t have a ministry to the world like you did before, but I have changed your seasons and now your ministry is to your family. Focus on that because that is what I have called you to now,’” she recalls.
The Lord showed her that, even as people pulled her in different directions, God’s primary calling on her life for that season was to minister to her family. God promised He’d be just as faithful to her as she focused on this new mission as He was to her in her previous ministry. “When He told me that, I felt so much better,” Lindsay says. “I threw myself into the new season of ministry. When your family is growing up, make them your season. That season goes by too fast.”
As Lindsay and her husband started their new family, she began to experience a frustrating health issue. “I was expecting the birth of my first baby at the time when, for no apparent reason, my healthy body suddenly developed this rash around my mouth,” Lindsay recalls.
The eczema-like skin condition persisted through each of her pregnancies, eventually covering her entire face when she had her third child. Though she tried treatments provided by her doctor, they only helped temporarily. Lindsay recalls feeling invisible for years while enduring this painful hardship.
For a moment, she says, it crossed her mind to feel sorry for herself. After all, she had been in ministry for God, having gone over to Europe, living in tents and out of backpacks, ministering day and night wherever God provided an opportunity. After sacrificing for Jesus on the other side of the world, surely God could have spared her this painful indignity. Instead, she decided to turn the issue over to God — something she wishes she had done when the problem first started.
Lindsay fasted one meal a day and sought God’s will for her health. She was desperate to hear from Him. She repented for not coming to God with this issue sooner and longed for Him to receive the glory for healing her face, rather than giving credit to a dermatologist. She says she believes God was waiting for her to become dependent on Him.
“I fasted and sought the Lord each night until I fell asleep for two weeks,” she recalls. After that, several faculty members met to pray with her. During the prayer, it was revealed that the issue was being caused by a hormone imbalance. With that word of knowledge and prayer for healing, Lindsay knew that her healing was on the way!
She didn’t see a change for several weeks, but she continued to stand in faith for the healing and rejoiced, knowing that God had healed her already. One key component she encourages is a continual standing firm on the Word of God. During her trial, Lindsay would quote verses as the Lord brought them to her rememberance, such as 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
After three months, the rash began to recede the same way it had come until it finally disappeared. After being miserable for nine years, God had heard her cry and healed her.
Lindsay relates this story from her life to the story of Lazarus found in John 11. Lazarus had died even though his sisters, Mary and Martha, had reached out to Jesus in an attempt to save their brother. Jesus didn’t rescue Lazarus from experiencing sickness and death, and He didn’t prevent Mary and Martha from experiencing great sorrow. When Martha confronted Christ about this, He responded, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
“What is the glory of God?” Lindsay asks. “It’s all His goodness, His excellency, the manifestation of God’s most excellent things. It’s all His goodness in your life. You may have had a lot of terrible things that have happened to you in your life, but God still has other things, other ingredients that He wants to put in your life.”
Christians often wonder why God doesn’t spare them from the difficulties of life. “Maybe God has something more in mind than our immediate relief or happiness,” she says.
God wants us to trust Him even when we don’t understand His plans for us. “According to Lazarus’ story, He does love us when we have to wait for an answer,” Lindsay adds. “I wonder how often He weeps over us because of our unbelief when He just wants us to trust Him?”
She sees the story of Lazarus as a poignant image of how God wants to provide healing in our lives. When God commanded Lazarus to come out of the grave, he did. However, he was still wrapped tightly in strips of linen that were used as grave clothes at the time.
“Many of you have come out of the grave,” Lindsay says. “You were born again — but you still have your grave clothes on. Your grave clothes of doom and gloom, of a critical attitude and unforgiveness, bad habits, fear, doubt, unbelief. You’re all wrapped up in your grave clothes and God says, ‘Come out, come out of your grave clothes. Take them off and start living life.’”
Ginger Lindsay is the Chief Operation Officer of Christ For The Nations. She and her husband, Dennis Lindsay, President of CFN, provide the vision and direction for this global ministry.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe