Christ in Every Frame

I love this song by Hillsong Live:

Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need

Every time I sing it I recall this story:

Tim Vanderveen from Spring Lake, Michigan was a great student at Hope College, Michigan. He was tall and handsome with broad shoulders, curly hair and a smile as broad as the dawn.

In the early 90s after graduating from college, he took a job at Johnson Controls. Scurried up the ladder of success about as quickly as anyone can.

One afternoon, Tim called his good friend and former professor, Tim Brown.

Professor Brown said, “Hey, Tim, how you doing?” A weak, trembling voice said, “I’m not doing so good.”

Professor Brown said, “What’s up with you?” Tim said, “I’m in the hospital in Grand Rapids. I got the flu or something. My folks are out of the country.”

Professor Brown said, “I’m going to be in Grand Rapids later today. Maybe I can stop by and see you. Would that be okay?” Tim said, “I’d like that a lot.”

By the time Professor Brown visited Tim, the doctors had already been there. It wasn’t the flu. It was leukaemia.

And that began a three-year, arduous battle that he would lose – or win, maybe.

Fast-forward three years later in Spectrum Hospital. Professor Brown walked into Tim’s room. His mother was sitting in the corner crying. You can’t blame her.

Tim is lying on his side. They had positioned the pillows between his skinny little legs. His hair wasn’t curly anymore.

There wasn’t enough energy for him to look at the professor, so he got down on one knee so he could look him eyeball to eyeball. He said, “Hi, Tim.” Tim said, “Hi, Professor.”

There was a long, awkward pause. Professor Brown had been a Pastor for twenty years and still didn’t know what to say.

Tim broke the silence, “I’ve leaned something.”

The Professor knew this much at least: You don’t trifle with the words of a person who is about to die; you just listen carefully. So the professor said, “Tell me, partner, what have you learned?”

Tim said, “I’ve learned that life is not like a VCR.”

The professor didn’t get it anymore than you are not getting it now. So the professor said, “I don’t get it. What do you mean?”

Tim said, “It’s not like a VCR; you can’t fast forward through the bad parts.”

Long pause. The professor is thinking to himself: Where does he get this stuff?

Then Tim interrupts the silence again to say, “But I have learned that Jesus Christ is in every frame, and right now that’s just enough.”

Here is someone who really knows Christ is enough. Leukaemia could never infect his salvation, impoverish his prayers and diminish his sense of the Presence of Christ.

Tim Vanderveen sees Christ in every frame of his journey heavenward.

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Knowing this story of Tim Vanderveen made me never sing it the same way again.

Through every storm
My soul will sing
Jesus is here
To God be the glory
 

Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need.

 

 

 

 

 

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