Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. (NKJV)

It was the call that we all fear to hear, the one that wakes us from our slumber: "Your mom has been taken to the hospital, and you need to come as soon as possible."

This was how my Saturday morning began. Quickly gone were the plans for the day, replaced by locating my cell phone, a quick kiss to my husband, and a promise to keep him posted. As I drove the 12-15 minutes on this dark Saturday morning, I tried the radio but it did not stop the panic. I even tried the CD player that contains my favourite drive-home-from-work music that calms my travel, but it wasn't working. So off went the radio and CD player, and I drove in silence — not the normal silence, but the silence that contained prayers, prayers to the One, the only One, who could give me the calmness and peace that I so desperately sought. You see, I had made this drive before for a husband and sons whom I almost lost in an accident before I accepted the Lord. That drive was a drive of panic and desperation. This day though, it was different, I had the Lord, and the Lord had me. I arrived to a busy scene of medical people doing their jobs, and I was able to do my job: to pray and trust in the Lord with such a calmness that I cannot put into words.

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

I know that I am not the first to experience what I have shared, and I know that I won't be the last, either. But maybe, though, as the Lord spoke to me that day, He will also speak to others about His gift of peace in the desperate events in our lives.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You that You never leave us, and that You are always there to supply our every need. Help us to have eyes, ears, and hearts open to see You in all situations. Lord, may we become Your hands and feet reaching into the situations and the lives of people who don't know You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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