Dear God, Are you still here?
My son was five years old when he got so sick that we had to rush him to the doctor. On the way to the consulting rooms I knew something was seriously wrong. Nicky was reaching over and over again.
He had already vomited at home, but now the situation got worse. The doctor immediately arranged for us to take our child to the hospital. We were told he had “encephalitis” and needed a lumber punch (spinal tap). Poor little boy just lay there and had no idea what was happening. My husband and I were asked to leave and return the next day.
It was a tough time for me.
Early the next morning I had to drop my two older children at school. As I was driving my Beetle on the way home, I remembered something. I had read Catherine Marshall’s book “Something More” and was reminded of a prayer she prayed. I told God that He could have my little boy if He wanted to have him back. I understood the children were only loaned to us. As I prayed that difficult prayer of surrender, my eyes filled with tears. I could hardly see where I was driving. It was the hardest prayer I ever prayed.
I can see that road today still. It is a narrow country road that twists and turns around hills. After about ten minutes, I arrived home. It wasn’t more than an hour later I received a phone call from the hospital to tell me that my son was able to go home. I was so delighted. God healed him totally. There are no after effects from the disease. Today he is a grown man with his own family.
That experience taught me to let go and let God in many more situations we encounter in life. If I trust Him and if I have faith in Him, every step of mine is directed and blessed by my heavenly Father.
All this happened about four years after I invited Jesus Christ to come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord. God Almighty always answers prayers. Some are instantly answered, but many are only answered after years of perseverance in prayer. God’s timing is always perfect. That is something I truly know without a shadow of doubt.
Without Jesus Christ in my life I would never have managed the many trials and tribulations that life throws at all of us. Spending the early hours of the morning in the Word of God and in prayer has been my strength for each day. This is my secret recipe for life, and we, as Christians, have been promised “Life abundantly if we abide in the Vine” (See John ch.15)
Today, I rejoice in the Lord daily. God is so good to me. He has protected my family through many tough times. The dangers we live with here in this country has only brought many of us to the foot of the cross.
One of the first Scripture verses I was given as a new Babe-in-Christ was Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart”. And verse 5 says:-“ Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.”
This is my family. I am the person second from left in the front row. My husband is next to me and our 3 children are around us with members of
Heidi, Cape Town, South Africa
“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [ I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” (Phil.4:13).
“We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” (Romans 8:28 ).