On Monday, so much went on, and each moment deserves its own story, but sometimes, there’s not a moment to write, or God has me to wait. This morning, He’s asked that I tell you about a hospital visit that happened that day.
To bring you up to speed…I had read about a woman friend of mine praying about having to make the decision to have her leg amputated below the knee or not. When I read that request to pray for her, I thought, “What a decision to have to make!”, and my heart just opened up for her, and I began to pray.
When you pray for someone, you grow closer to them, so over the weekend, I felt for this woman and told the kids I wanted to go visit her. Our Sunday ended up being packed full, so I told them I’d be going on Monday, and that’s what I did.
When visiting people in the hospital, I always take the stairs for exercise. My friend was on the fifth floor, which gave me time to wonder. I wondered what emotions I would encounter: would she be mad, depressed, beside herself, angry at people/God, resentful, crying…I had no idea what I would walk into, and as I came through the door, she smiled.
She was so bright, so smiley; she absolutely glowed. She had her leg propped up and was watching TV. She turned down the volume, so we could visit and brought me up to speed on what went on. I was amazed by her peace.
Before she made the decision to have her leg amputated, she gathered opinions and wisdom from about seven doctors, prayer and counsel from her pastor, prayers from her friends, listened for God, and formed her decision from all of that…intense.
As I sat and listened to her, I couldn’t help but notice her Coke can and how the word “Favorite” was on there. God will use anything to speak to someone, even a Coke can. My friend is God’s favorite. It’s so tempting to base God’s love for us by the circumstances we’re going through, but that wouldn’t be Truth.
His Truth reminds us that we are each His favorite, no matter what! It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, what we’re going through, what we’ve done, whether we doubt or not, fear or not, etc.; He loves us fully. If we focus on what’s in front of us rather than Who’s inside us, WE’re the ones missing out. His heart never skips a beat, and His love forever stays the same!