I received a precious card in the mail on Saturday just as I had received word of a freak accident that had taken place with my husband.
I am about to share a story that may seem quite strange to some people, but I want the Lord to be glorified in what took place in our lives on Saturday.
Saturday started out a beautiful day here, and as I awoke the sun was shining in beautiful brilliance. But as I went about my morning business, I increasingly felt a heaviness in my heart that I could not shake. It became heavier and more intense. I always have my quiet time with coffee first thing in the morning. As I read the Word and prayed I felt an even more quickening in my heart that something was wrong, very very wrong, and I could not understand what it was. I began to play the piano, as I often do in my morning devotions, and sing to the Lord and worship Him. Even as I played the piano, I began to weep, for the heaviness in my soul could not be shaken with the music. I got up from the piano, and began to walk through our home praying and calling on the name of Jesus to show me what was wrong, and what was causing this burden in my soul. I have walked with the Lord long enough to know that these things cannot be ignored.
I was impressed that I needed to call in a prayer warrior to pray with me. She and I began to pray together, calling on the name of Jesus to help us in this time of distress.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower
and the righteous runneth into it and is safe.
After praying, the load lifted and I felt encouragement from the Lord come into my heart, and I knew all was well, whatever it was that had come to my heart, had been lifted in prayer.
I called my husband to share with him what had just taken place in my heart, and soon it became very apparent that the Lord had called me to a place of prayer to PROTECT my husband.
He had been on some property we own in Texas cleaning up brush. He had lit a small brush pile and was standing back away from the fire tending it. He said there was no wind or any unusual weather conditions when he lit the fire. He said he turned to walk away from the pile when a flame leaped out from the fire and burnt him! If he had not turned at the right moment, the fire would have burnt his face and chest area. Instead, he was burnt on his left arm and right shoulder and back. The fire burnt his shirt.
When I called my husband, he had just been burnt, and we both knew without a doubt that he had been protected from a more serious burn to his face and chest and hands as he was moved just out of the range of the flame as it leaped from the fire.
It was agony for me to be 2000+ miles away from him during this time, as he went to the hospital to have the burn treated. I called in prayer warriors from all over to pray with me that the Lord would heal the burn quickly. As he entered the emergency triage area, they ushered him in immediately to a room, and told him he would most likely be transferred to a local burn center as the burn looked so bad. I texted and called as many prayer warriors as I could. Soon, the surgeon who had been called on the case came in to look at him, and shook her head and said that she didn't know what the fuss was about, the burn was going to heal just fine, and he did not need transferred to a burn center! They placed antibiotic cream on the wound, wrapped it up, and discharged him with some medication for the pain. She said she didn't know why they thought he needed to go a burn center, as it was already in the early stages of healing, and she was amazed that the burn was not as serious as she was led to believe. We believe that the Lord touched the burn in those moments when prayer warriors were called in, and want to give Him glory for touching that burn so that more serious treatment efforts were not needed!
And you know what... remember the card I mentioned earlier? Dear Cheryl, who blogs at Homespun Devotions had sent the card in the mail to me earlier in the week. She told me that she had been at the store trying to decide which little card to send and felt quite impressed to send that one. I opened her card just moments after finding out that my husband had been burned. Coincidence? No, a thousand times no! Our great Lord cares about the very details of our lives!
Does God work in mysterious ways? Oh yes He does, but His timing is always perfect, and in such a way so that you know without a doubt, our lives are safe in HIS care!
You see, one week before this whole incident took place, Cheryl bought this card to send to me, and it was sent and received in the very moment when I needed to hear that comforting word from the Lord! The timing of the Lord is impeccable!
Walking with the Lord is a joy that I would never trade for anything in this world. His care and love for us exceed and pass any human understanding we have. I know without a doubt that what was perhaps intended for evil against us, that the Lord intervened and protected my husband from a horrible face burn that could have been so much worse! I praise the Lord today to report that my husband just left the burn clinic, and the doctors again expressed amazement at the quick healing of his burn, and the fact that he should have been burnt far worse than he was.
GOD WILL PROTECT YOU.
God will command His angels to guard you.
I feel very encouraged in the Lord today, and want to encourage you too, dear reader! If there is a situation in your life about which you feel discouraged, and hopeless.... the Lord indeed can be trusted and depended on! He cares about the minute details of our lives so much that He will impress one of His children to send a card in the mail to arrive at the precise moment when needed to encourage and uplift!
I give all honor and glory today to the Lord who is our protector, and He can be trusted in the storms of our life, no matter what they are! He is faithful!
Another dear blogger, Stephanie from Enchanting Rose had emailed me during this time and I shared with her the situation that had taken place with my husband, and she shared this verse with me:
When thou passest through the waters,
I will be with thee; and through the rivers,
they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Dear friends who are reading this, I want you to know that this world of blogging has opened up an incredible opportunity for the Lord to minister and encourage our hearts. I give praise that an unlikely avenue such as blogging has ministered to my heart this weekend. There is much joy in my heart that a situation which could have been so much worse, was one that instead, I can rejoice in and give thanks to the Lord for his care and protection over us! He is worthy to be praised in all things!