As a Nurse, I have been blessed to have experienced some pretty spectacular moments which I call “God things”. You see, I don’t believe in coincidence, I believe that everything happens according to God’s plan. I believe that when something miraculous happens, it is nothing short of God’s power being manifested for us to see or feel.
For example, there have been times when I needed prayer and a patient has said to me, “I just wanted you to know that I have been praying for you”. That’s a God thing! There have been times when I felt the need to take that extra minute to assess a patient’s situation, to later discover that had I not went with my instinct, the patient would have died. That, again is a God thing!
Recently I experienced one of the most significant “God Things” that I have ever known. As minute as it may seem, this “God Thing” would change me in the most powerful way. I was at a low point in my Christian walk with God. My faith had began to weaken and my joy had drastically plummeted. We all get there from time to time. We all get discouraged and boy was I ever discouraged. I had nearly taken on the attitude of, “I’ll just do this my way”. If you have ever been there, you know that doing it your way is always the hard way. You will eventually find out that your way doesn’t work. This was where I was, and I was about to have a real eye opening experience.
I am blessed to be a home health manager but on the particular day I was out in the field seeing patients. I remember praying on my way to this certain patient’s house that day. “Lord, I don’t know how much harder I can fight or how much stronger I can be. I don’t understand why you aren’t stepping in here, but I could really use some help.” As I began my routine with this particular patient, her poor little blind feeble dog struggled to jump up on her Master’s lap for several minutes. The dog was scared by my being there and just wanted the comfort of her Master. She came to the left side of the chair and jumped and barked and jumped and barked. Each time she would jump, she would gain a little more momentum, but it was never enough to reach her Master. Between jumps, she would bark the meanest bark she could muster, then she would try to jump again. Over and over this poor dog tried, but she just wasn’t strong enough and she didn’t have the sight to lead her in the correct direction.
With every jump, her Master would pat the right side of the chair and say “Come over here, come to me and I will lift you up”. For the first few minutes I was amused, but then as the clock was ticking on my time in the home, I began to feel frustrated. I asked my patient, “Would you like me to reach her to you?”, to which my patient replied “No, she must learn that if she wants to be close to me, she has to come to me and allow me to pick her up.” Remember that “God thing” I mentioned earlier? Well this is where that comes in. The words had no sooner escaped my patient’s mouth, when that still small voice inside of me said, “Ain’t that just like someone you know?” I had behaved just like that little Dog. I had expected God to lift me up, but I had expected it to happen on my terms, doing it my way. I was immediately reminded of James 4:8 “Draw nigh to a God, and he will draw nigh to you”.
When we allow ourselves to take over a situation without first seeking his path or his will, we set ourselves up for failure. As Christians, God expects us to come to him with our problems. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Matthew 6:33 “but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” So I’m sitting there in this home feeling about 2 inches tall. “Lord, how did I get to this point and how will you ever forgive me?”. Just about that time, the little dog stopped jumping, lowered his head and walked to the right side of the chair where his Master could reach him, and his Master reached down and lifted the dog to his chest. That still small voice spoke again and said, 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN will I hear from Heaven; and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”
Christian, remember when times are tough and battles arise, you do not have to fight alone. When the bills are piling up, when you lose a loved one, when the one you love has let you down; God has the answer. Turn to the MASTER, have faith and wait on a “God Thing” to happen in your life.