Today, I sit at my desk pondering what story I could write to proclaim God’s glorious deeds among the nations. That’s what I do here at YWAM Tyler: publish stories of His goodness. It’s actually a pretty cool job. I get to tell others about Jesus and the way He works in our lives!!! I’m thankful for such stories honestly. The social media airwaves are bombarded with filth and hate. It’s helpful to my soul and my eyes to throw into that vile mix a bright light of hope. As I reflect, I can’t shake two stories from this week (and it’s only Tuesday!!!).
Sunday, Richard and I were handed a financial gift, amounting to $200. I could hardly believe my eyes when I looked at the check. As of the first of the year, our monthly support had gone down. I bet you can guess the amount of the decrease! Yep….$200. Staring at that check, I was reminded that God is faithful. He’s always working behind the scenes on our behalf, making a way for us to keep doing what He’s called us to do. I’m thankful.
I won’t lie. Worry often knocks at my heart’s door because living dollar to dollar can produce a lot of fear. But God is faithful to combat that fear with His love and remind me that He’s got this!!! Just the other day, a friend used a profound phrase after we talked about some challenges we were facing. She said, “It’s just gonna have to be God’s problem!” And with that I said, “Amen!”
Another miraculous moment happened yesterday. I took Audrey to have her hearing checked. She recently had made a few comments about her hearing that concerned me, so I felt it was time to have another audiogram. During the lengthy test, the specialist asked Audrey if she was hearing the sound out of her left ear or right ear. Audrey responded hesitantly, “Right ear?!” He asked again for confirmation, and she said more confidently this time, “Right ear!” I could hardly believe what she was saying.
When she was 6, we had taken her to an audiologist for a hearing test because we suspected she was deaf in her right ear. The test confirmed what we suspected. We were told she had complete hearing loss in that ear. Her left ear functioned perfectly though. Hearing aids were ruled out because it was complete hearing loss, so with that diagnosis, we moved on. Over the years, we hadn’t given it much thought, but God did remind me yesterday of one special time of prayer we had with Audrey in 2016.
We were at the Azusa Now conference in Los Angeles with our School of Evangelism team. It had been a great day of worship and prayer! At one point Lou Engle asked for those who had hearing loss, sight loss, or a handicap of any kind to please stand for special prayer. Audrey was hesitant to stand because she’s never one to draw attention to herself, but with a little prompting from us, she did. People then gathered around her and laid hands on her to pray. Some even laid hands on her right ear. It was a sweet time of prayer. Once it was done, I asked Audrey if she noticed anything different. She said no but agreed it was good to pray.
I haven’t thought of that special time of prayer until yesterday after the appointment. Did God touch her ear then and begin the healing process? There’s no way I can prove that, but I just kept thinking…of course He did!!! We pray believing God will hear and answer. Why would I doubt He heard our prayer that day and healed her? Just because we can’t see with our eyes doesn’t mean He hasn’t done what we’ve asked Him to. Sometimes it takes time for the miracle to be seen.
And hope does not disappoint us…(Romans 5:5 NASB)
We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!. (Romans 5:3-5 TM)
It was fun yesterday celebrating the news and thinking on the prospect of Audrey hearing in stereo soon. The specialist wants to have his supervisor look at the results since she is a unique case, but most likely, she’ll be fitted for a hearing aid. I’m not sure where those funds will come from, but honestly that’s God’s problem!! 🤓 He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it!
God never ceases to amaze me. I pray these stories encourage you! God is present and at work. We may not see with our eyes the miracle but let’s not lose heart. Let’s wait on the Lord with joyful expectation. He’s always on time!
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