In Part One of this series I told you about an experience I had during a routine surgery; how I woke up during surgery, how God heard my silent prayer and put me back to sleep. Now I would like to share with you how the Lord met my husband, Burt, where he was that same day.
As I said before, this was to be a routine surgery. It was only supposed to last about 4 hours. However, some 7 hours later my husband, fraught with worry, immersed in conversation with the Father, had walked the halls of the hospital and found himself in a long windowless hallway on a different level of the hospital totally alone.
He had been walking, pacing really. He went up to see the babies, and from there he just meandered through any hallway he had access to. He was just finding solitary places to pray to the Father as he tried not to freak out at how long I had already been in surgery and why no one had contacted him yet. There he was in this deep artificially lit hallway when the phone in the middle of the wall began to ring. You know the ones? The phones the nurses use to keep in contact. This lone phone in this lone hall began to ring and what did my husband do? He picked it up of course! (I can always count on him to do what most people would not.)
However, what is entirely surprising in this scenario is who was at the other end of that line. A friend. Not a nurse or faculty member. Not the operator or a random person. Our dear friend from church. The one who was watching our children and praying for us. That friend! I will tell you right now, that’s not coincidence or fate or karma or any other flippancy. That was the hand of our almighty God connecting the line! That friend later recounted that he had just dialed the hospital’s main phone line and was in awe when Burt answered!
What a great Father we have! You have probably heard that He meets us where we are; it’s true! That is what He did for my husband that day. As he put one foot in front of the other with no inclination of where he was going, as he was silently lamenting his fear to the Lord, God intercepted His need and provided the voice of a good friend. He learned how very true it is that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Lamentations 3:55-58 says,
I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
Thou has heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
Thou drew near in the day that I called upon thee: thou said, FEAR NOT.
O Lord, thou has pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
Have you ever felt like you were in a pit?
In the lowest of low places where you really had no where else to turn? I know you have, we ALL have. Look at Jonah, as he was being sloshed around in the belly of a beast in the middle of the ocean. Talk about no place to go. The deepest of depths. The darkest of dark. Not to mention the stinkiest. Albeit, Jonah was running from the Lord, but not all low places are for the same reason. The point is that we’ve all been there or will be there. What is important is how we respond to that place. Remember in my recollection of waking up during surgery what my first response was? It wasn’t to cry out to the Lord. If it had been I would undoubtedly have escaped lingering moments of pain and fear! But, eventually I did call His name and when I did, He answered me immediately. He cause me to float right back into a dreamless sleep. And meanwhile, Burt was walking down some recess of the hospital unbeknownst to anyone but the Father who answered him, too, right where he was! That is the great God we serve! Believe it dear one. Trust in Him, He will not disappoint you!
Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God; he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even unto his ears.
Psalm 31:17a Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee:
Psalm 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
Psalm 55:16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
If you have found yourself in that place, the pit, of darkness, of trouble, of doubt, of fear, of -whatever is plaguing your thoughts- you have a very present help in the Lord. Call out to Him in your need. And seek Him in His word. I suggest the Psalms; as you can see they are filled with cries for help and promises of deliverance.
Beloved, may your cries be toward our Father who hears and answers. He loves you so much that He bottles every tear!
Now, who ya gonna call?