As each of four women stepped into my car, I found myself amazed by their compassion. Each woman was facing significant trials in her own life, yet making the time to pray with a friend facing the nightmare of possibly losing her baby. All of these women from different backgrounds, experiencing a variety of trials, made the time to support another friend in need.
The first was dealing with painful health issues that just a few days before led to hospitalization. The second young lady was struggling to be strong as a loved one battles cancer. The third was stressed by the uncertainty of her job as fellow employees were being laid off due to financial insecurities of the business. The last was heartbroken after the grandmother who raised her was admitted to a nursing home.
As we drove to a nearby town, I shared my surprise that they were able to make the time for this last-minute trip considering each of their circumstances. They quickly reminded me of the trials in my own life at the moment. We discussed each of our situations, shared concerns and fears, and encouraged one another. We discovered that although our trials were very different, there was one key element in each. The trials had caused each us to rely more on God. Each situation is beyond our control, and all we can do is trust God’s will for our lives. We were even able to laugh at how the same scripture keeps popping up in everything we read. Isn’t it amazing that God used one verse to encourage a car full of crying, giggling women? The scripture we came across for weeks prior to and following this night was Proverbs 3:5 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
This trip was not about the women in my car, yet God used it to provide encouragement for each one. Finally we reached our destination and as a group we prayed for our friend and her unborn baby with our hands on his mother’s stomach. Specifically we prayed that the heart beat would be so strong that the doctor would be amazed by God’s power. After a week of praying for this unborn child, we received the following message:
Praise The Lord!!! We got our MIRACLE. The baby’s heart rate has gone up to 174! The doctor has no explanation for it, but I do. It’s an answer to many many prayers!!!
I would like to tell you that the situation of every woman in my car that night has been resolved, but I can’t. What I can say is that God is carrying each of us and our trials have helped us to rely on His strength rather than our own. Isaiah 41:10 reminds us “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Whatever you are going through, you can trust that God loves you and is right there with you through the darkest times. Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Even though things may not happen as quickly or exactly the way you desire, trust that God has everything under control and has a plan specifically for you. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Trust God, call out to Him, seek His will for your life, ask friends to pray, and finally put your hope in Him.
The Solid Rock by Edward Mote
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
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