Sunday afternoon, we had a scare with Emily’s eyes. They had symptoms that resembled the dreaded Pink Eye. We all went into what has become a standard procedure for moments of pressure. We prayed.
And asked others to pray.
Throughout Sunday night, Emily struggled to sleep. She kept waking up with her eyes stuck shut and saying that she just wanted to be able to open her eyes.
We kept praying.
We also had a Get The Word Out “Healing” Word CD playing all night in her room.
And, once again, the morning brought us news of His unfailing love!
Emily woke up with her eyes looking better. They were still puffy, but the draining was gone. The redness in the eyeballs was gone.
By late morning, even the puffiness was gone.
As we were having our quiet time yesterday morning, Emily was praying for God to complete the healing process on her. She wrote a letter to God as her prayer.
Then, during worship time yesterday morning, the kids were asked to go to the front and pray over adults that came to them for prayer. It was quite special seeing our daughter laying hands on people seven and eight times her age and praying over them. What a moment!
All made possible, by God’s unfailing love to once again bring healing.
We were asked yesterday what our gut reaction was when troubles come our way. As Steph and I thought about it and talked about it and remembered the last several storms that we had been through, we said that our reaction was to pray and trust. We have learned to not hang on to that which we can’t control. We have learned to immediately turn it over to God and then leave it on the altar.
As I laid in bed and thought about all of this, and prayed through the other “storms” that are hovering around, I went back to the prayer of Jehoshaphat.
O YHWH, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgement, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’
But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
— 2 Chronicles 20:6-12 (NIV, emphasis mine)