JOY STORY #20
I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to write of all the great things God has done in our lives! Today, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the post done because we are at Methodist Hospital for most of the day. My husband had blood work done early this morning and 2 appointments back to back. Our focus was mainly on finishing up getting back home… then I noticed “Joy” could be found all around us!
First, stop after blood work was to get coffee. There is a waiting area we like to go to on the 3rd floor. When I walked in, Phil was sitting next to a lady who was crying; he was gently praying. I joined him and prayed for God to move in her situation.
When we said Amen, I looked up and there was Dorothy, an elderly lady with tears in her eyes. I felt like a magnet was pulling me to her. I asked her if she wanted us to pray with her. With a big smile, she said “Sure.” Her husband, Tim, was 91 years old and just had a heart valve replacement surgery. It was his second one, since September. The first one brought a few complications so they did a second surgery 5 days ago. She was quick to share that just a few days ago they celebrated 66 years of marriage! Now that’s quite an accomplishment! She took time to share all about her husband, a CPA still working and driving right up until this surgery. The request for Tim is that he would be more alert and come out of the anesthesia. She was moved to tears that we would pray for them. As they made their way to see her husband, she looked back at us and I could see the joy on her face!
Next, we walk over to the Scurlock Tower for an 11 o’clock appointment. Signing in, we overheard someone saying, “She ate her oatmeal and seemed fine, but she suddenly dropped her head and wasn’t responding.” Hearing this, we do what comes naturally to us. We speak the name of Jesus! I asked if we could pray for her and the family was so happy we asked! After we prayed, the lady opened her eyes and said something to one of them. Even the receptionist was thanking us for taking the time to pray!
It’s amazing that in the world we live in, where using the name of Jesus is offensive to some… it is joyfully received by the sick and hurting! How hard was that? It doesn’t take much to find Joy and offer Joy! We will probably never see these people again and never know what the results will be long term. But seeing God bring peace to them, makes it all worth it! Look around. Be bold. Speak His name! JESUS! JESUS! JESUS!
“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.”
Finding HIS joy2day!