Each of us are either in the middle of a storm, coming out of a storm or approaching one.
Last week, we were heading into one and we didn’t even know it.
Life has been great. We had just celebrated my birthday with family and friends. Our children and grandchildren had been here for a surprise party my husband and his sister gave me. The following day the house was filled with grandkids as we cooked hot dogs and hamburgers in the backyard.
In an attempt to entertain the little ones I invented a game called “Lego hunt”…similar to an Easter Egg Hunt, just with Legos. The 3 year old twins girls were so excited to find a Lego on the window sill or under a table. It was just so cute. There older cousin, age 5, was so gracious, standing back allowing the younger ones to find them first.
Later we were entertained by all singing the ABCs…just so cute…life was great. Everyone went home to their respective towns several hours away.
Dinner time Thursday we spoke on the phone to our son in Naples, Florida. One of the twins had a mild fever, but still was up to a video chat…so we scheduled one for later that evening.
About an hour later the phone rang…it was not a video chat, we were not going to watch the girls dance and sing…our son was following the ambulance that was transporting one of our granddaughters. She had had a 12+ minute seizure. Her eyes had rolled back, her tongue hung out of her mouth and was purple as were her lips, her small body had been flailing…our son was barely able to tell his Dad between sobs what had transpired. She had stopped breathing he said.
He hung up. My husband repeated the conversation to me.
We were no longer heading toward a struggle. We were smack dab in the middle of one.
What do people do when faced with such news if they do not know the Lord?
My husband and I prayed. We prayed together. We prayed silently to ourselves. We prayed out loud.
While my husband called our other son I called my BFF…she prayed with me over the phone as I knelt by the bed. I called another dear friend…she prayed, sent out an urgent email to 40+ members of our Sunday School Class.
My friends called or texted their friends and family.
I proceeded to text 30+ prayer warriors I knew.
Within minutes almost 70 people were talking to our Father about our dear granddaughter.
Yes, I will admit I was anxious…but I still had a sense of control…not that I was in control, but that God was in control.
Friends sent back sweet prayers in their text messages…such a great comfort.
The phone rang again. It was our son…holding our breath we listened to his words. All was well. Our sweet little grandchild got on the phone, “I’m coloring, Nana.”
Yes!! One minute the paramedic is saying, “I’m scooping her.” Not even taking a moment to assess her, but just scooping her up in his arms and rushing her to the hospital. And now she is coloring!!
It was a febrile seizure. They are scary.
Within an hour we went from approaching a struggle/situation, to the middle of a one to coming out on the other side.
Praise God for the outcome. Praise God for our prayer warrior friends.
I want to thank each of those dear friends that stopped everything to pray for our grandchild.
So my dear reader, what side of struggles are you today? What will be your response when you find yourself right in the midst of an ugly situation?
I hope it will be prayer. I hope you have surrounded yourself with prayer warriors who you can rely on for support and prayer.
God provides us His Word, His Holy Spirit and others when we are in the middle of a storm.
Some men came, bringing to Him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:3-5 NIV)
When we reach out to others for prayer or when someone calls upon us when they are in the midst of a storm, it is a privilege and honor to pray for one another.
It is our responsibility to pray for our friend and loved ones…to be a part of the calming of their storm. Just like the friends that brought their friend to Jesus. He could not walk, so his friends were his feet.
His friends were willing to carry their friend up the outside staircase to the flat roof, dig through the dirt, lift the stone tiles that comprised the rooftop, and lower their friend to Christ.
Were they disappointed when He did not immediately perform a miracle? “Your sins are forgiven?”
Did the man feel he was on the short end of the stick not getting a healing right away?
During the times of Christ the Jewish mind-set was that physical abnormalities and sickness were the judgment of God for serious past sin. Thus Jesus’ Words were of no surprise.
However, that was not the end of the story. Mark goes on to tell us…
So He said to the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:10b-12 NIV)
So rejoice and bring your prayers to Christ…and be prepared to take up your bed and walk!!
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way.
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