God moves in a mysterious way…really He does!

In my opinion one of the greatest hymns ever written, in terms of the text, is William Cowper’s 18th century song titled: “God Moves in A Mysterious Way.”  Though I have never much liked the original tune the words are profoundly moving.  Recently Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Ministries wrote a new tune to this excellent song and now I love it in every way! In recent days, however, I have come to appreciate the words more than ever.  At the end of verse three Cowper wrote: “Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter and He will make it plain.”  God, and His inscrutable purposes and power to do all things, are the anchor of my life.

“God Moves”

1. God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm.

Deep in His dark and hidden mines, with never failing skill,

He fashions all His bright designs, and works His sovereign will.

Chorus: So God, we trust in You. O God, we trust in You.

2. Oh, fearful saints, new courage take: the clouds that you now dread

Are big with mercy and will break in blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust Him for His grace; 

Behind a frowning providence He hides a smiling face.

Chorus: So God, we trust in You. O God, we trust in You.

When tears are great and comforts few,

We hope in mercies ever new. We trust in You.

3. God’s purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour;

The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan His work in vain;

God is His own interpreter, and He will make it plain.

Chorus: So God, we trust in You. O God, we trust in You.

So God, we trust in You. O God, we trust in You.

When tears are great and comforts few,

We hope in mercies ever new. We trust in You.

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Mike’s brain problem (AVM) and other items of interest

This is the story of my experiences into the unknown and heretofore unheard of world of Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM).  My name is Mike and I have one.  I have begun this blog as a personal testimony to the fact that God truly does work all things for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). Many kind people have asked me to keep them up to date on what is happening.  This is my attempt to do just that.  I knew that the day of October 23, 2008 was not going to be a typical Thursday morning when I awoke to a man trying to place an oxygen mask on my face as I regained consciousness from a severe seizure. Continue reading Mike’s brain problem (AVM) and other items of interest

Tests, More Tests and Some Tough News

As those first hours in the hospital wore on the reality began to sink in a bit more deeply that I actually had a serious problem with my brain.  In the next days I would undergo an EEG, a Cerebral Angiogram, and an MRI.  The Cerebral Angiogram was actually pretty fascinating.  The technicians inserted a wire into my femural artery in the groin area and ran it all the way into my brain.  With a neurosurgeon present they then anesthetized part of my brain to determine what functions were near the AVM.

This peach-sized mass is located in the left frontal lobe of my brain where normally much of the fine motor skills originate, including speech.

Continue reading Tests, More Tests and Some Tough News

About me

Hi there! My name is Mike Evans and this is my family at various points along the way over the past six years. It is late January 2015 as I update this page. If you take some time to read through some of the 285 posts on this blog you will be able to understand the purpose for which this blog was originally begun in November, 2008. It began as a way of disseminating information regarding my brain AVM, a rare congenital abnormality that has to do with malformed arteries and blood vessels in the brain…just like the word indicates. I served as the Pastor of Crossroad Evangelical Free  Church in Earlham, Iowa for nearly eighteen years, from December 1995-August 1,  2013. And now I don’t. But we still live in this sleepy town just west of Des Moines, Iowa in our 1894 home, where I fill my time writing, reading, thinking, and helping others as opportunities arise.

It has been a wild ride…to say the very least. I am currently working on a book that will cover our last six years in some detail. Also the blog’s purpose is now to write about “the human condition and all that pertains to it”…which is anything and everything.

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The Human Condition and all that Pertains to it