Week 51 Day 4
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Isaiah 4110 So 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.
11 “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish.
Over many years of pastoral ministry I have met and been amazed by people who struggled on, knowing the protection of God even unto the end of their lives. One woman that I know called me to her bedside in a hospice and shared with me her great joy at having, in her words, “won over to Jesus” a much older man who was at the point of death himself. This remarkable woman served the Lord with everything she had, which at that point wasn’t much more than her love for God’s people, even this irascible old coot who had rebuffed her efforts time and again. At last, her tenderness and her earnestness combined with the gentle urgings of God’s Holy Spirit and the man broke down, crying out to Jesus to forgive him for a life of sin. The experience impacted me in a way that still haunts and convicts me.
At this visit, this beautiful saint of God shared her joy, and her sense of having “finished what she had to do”. Sinking back onto her pillows she looked earnestly at me and said, “Pastor, would you pray for me now and tell God I’m ready for whatever comes next? I’m so tired. I want to go home. So we prayed. After some time she slept. I excused myself and started the drive home. I wasn’t more than a couple of miles away when my new cell phone rang. It was the hospice calling. Probably before I left the parking lot, God had come and taken his daughter home.