I am not given to fainting. Until Thursday 4 April 2013 I had only fainted once in my life. That was in 1991 when I had too many vaccinations in a single session prior to planned travel to a certain country. Two hours later I recall bouncing off a display cabinet in a shop. My next memory was of coming round in an ambulance en-route to hospital.
The recent faint began when I knelt down to get something from the fridge in our Spring Harvest chalet at Butlin’s in Skegness. Realisation began to dawn that I was unable to stand, before I found myself slipping into unconsciousness. It was quite a strange experience similar to general anaesthetic, but slower. Sounds and images got fainter and my mind struggled to process events around me. Apparently I was out for about thirty seconds. I came round as my family were trying to manhandle me to a sofa. My legs felt like lead weights and were still not functional.
Most people at Spring Harvest attend the Big Top Worship in the evening. On the day of my faint Marilyn and I decided we would lie about our ages in the evening and join with the 18-30s in their Function event. It is more café style and there are hundreds there instead of thousands. I find it really encouraging joining in with the younger folk, especially when I see their courage in leading and speaking. The first song we sang that night was Brenton Brown’s Everlasting God, which includes the words:You are the everlasting God The everlasting God You do not faint You won’t grow weary
And the light bulb in my head came on. I fainted, but God does not faint – ever! He is strong and His strength carries me. What a reminder! I am weak. He is strong. I may faint. He does not. He is the everlasting God. And then I realized that God took us to Function to remind me that His strength is perfected in my weakness, that He is the everlasting God, and that He never tires, faints or becomes weary. In fact, He never gets tired of loving us. What an amazing God.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak. And to those who have no might He increases strength. (Isaiah 40:28-29 NKJV)