Today Sherri and I stopped by the Billy Graham Library. It was not a planned visit, just something that occurred to us to do as we drove past the exit on route 85. As we walked onto the grounds it was almost as if we were walking onto holy ground and entering into a divine appointment.
During our time there we were both deeply moved by stories, pictures, and quotes of how God powerfully moved through a North Carolina farm boy. These words by Billy Graham are illustrative of much of what we saw,
I was overwhelmed with the singular focus of this man and his family – to help people find Jesus.
I was struck by the role his parents played in his spiritual development and reminded again of the important role we play as parents. We do not know how God will use our children. Our job is to prepare them to be maximally used by God to bring good into this world as He so chooses.
I was also deeply moved by the relationship between Billy and his wife Ruth. He consistently said that she was the “best Christian” he knew, and he consistently looked to her and counted her as one of his key mentors and advisors. This picture says it all…
As we were leaving we stopped by one of the volunteers, shared our story with him and asked him to pray that the Spirit that led and empowered Billy Graham would go with us to Cincinnati. After leaving the building we sat on a bench in the woods and cried together as we asked God to use us to show His love to our children and the people we will minister to.
This day has been an inspiration and a confirmation of the clear vision God has called us to. It’s why we are starting Walls Down church – to tear down the walls that keep people from knowing Jesus and to help men, women, boys, and girls find the life Jesus promised.