Years ago, when my oldest son David was 10, he became very sick. I thought he had the flu. While going on a walk, he threw up. After a week of David being sick, I became concerned and asked an elder of our Church if he would come out and anoint him. The next day we took him to the doctor, who told us he just had the flu. “Take him home and let him rest,” the doctor said. “He will be fine.”
So what great things has God done for you? Reflect on those things! And when you are overwhelmed in a storm, always ask for encouragement.
Before we left the office, the nurse called my husband over to the side and privately told him that he should take David to the hospital to make sure everything was ok. She felt there was something else going on. Charles and I took him straight to the hospital. Alarmed, the doctors immediately took David into surgery. Apparently, David’s appendix had ruptured several days before.
David was in the hospital for a week while they drained all the toxins out of his system from the ruptured appendix. To this day, we are very thankful for this quick-thinking and brave nurse as she saved our son’s life. Had we followed the doctor’s advice, and taken David home, he would have died. Even doctors can be wrong sometimes.
Charles and I know who the ultimate thanks went to that day. It went to God! I can name countless times that God has intervened on our behalf; some serious and some not so serious, and sometimes just to give us our desires.
One time we were down to hardly anything to eat. While trying to figure out how we would feed our kids that day, I heard a knock on the door. It was a woman from our church with a bag of groceries. She said she was inspired to bring us some food. She had no idea how badly we needed the food, but God did.
We all forget God’s blessings and interventions from time to time. When we do get overwhelmed and discouraged with our present trials, it is good to remind ourselves of how awesome our Father in Heaven is, and how He has helped us along the way in the past.
God is there to help us in the times of urgency, but He also cares for the little things that matter to us. God tells us, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7 John 15:7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.
American King James Version×, New International Version).
God wants to give us the good things in life. So do we see a loving God who wants the best for us, or do we see a harsh, uncaring God?
At your most discouraging moments, ask God to encourage you. It works! Make a list of the times he intervened in your life. Pull it out when you get overwhelmed and review it.
If God helped you in the past, does that mean He is gone and not interested in helping you today? No! He is not fickle and gone with the wind as you may feel some people are in your life. God is loyal and never changes. Hebrews 13:8 Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
American King James Version×says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
He will never leave you and commands you to be strong and courageous. We are told: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD your God, he it is that does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you.
American King James Version×). Never!
God saved my son’s life. He provided desperately needed food for my family. So what great things has God done for you? Reflect on those things! And when you are overwhelmed in a storm, always ask for encouragement.