Can I tell you a story?
It's a God-thing story....
My sister-in-law, my MIP's Aunt, has been a partner in prayer with us for our son. Every friend she has, has been asked to pray for her nephew. For the last five years, her friend, Lynn, who is also a Chiropractor has been praying for Curt.
Last Sunday, Curt's back went out again, after working only five days at his new job. (Thank you God for the new job!)
Knowing only that my sister-in-laws friend was a Chiropractor, I called to ask for the number and Curt was able to see Lynn on Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. After seeing Curt's back and body, she told him that his back was the worst case she had seen in a young man after all of her years of practice. She affirmed his pain and began to educate him as to what was happening. She could tell by the pallor of his skin, his shallow breathing and the egg-sized balls of muscle spasms evident on his back--that he was in extreme pain. As she shared this with him, his response was, "You mean the pain is real?" She told him that she was certain that by the end of the this week, her treatments would provide pain relief and with just a few more treatments, she could work with him to get his back healthy enough to NOT experience these episodes again. What hope.
But that's not the only hope I am thankful for today---
As I was sharing my joy with my sister-in-law yesterday about the relief of pain Curt feels already and the hope he has experienced knowing that this compassionate Doctor has assured him they can work together to keep the pain at bay, my sister-in-law informed me through her tears that Dr. Lynn has been praying for my son for five years! FIVE YEARS! And now, God has brought Curt relief through the very person who has been praying for an unknown prodigal....Curt has been in her prayers and is now in her care!
Do I hear an AMEN!
Do I hear--isn't God amazing?
Friends, when we are in the battle, we don't always see the tangible evidence of God's presence. On this Thankful Thursday, I want to proclaim as the blind man in Mark 8: "I see!"
And as if this wasn't enough, you will see by the photo I have posted that my entire family was together two weeks ago for dinner.....that's my entire family! Every one of my children sat at our dining room table (with my mom too) and we enjoyed a meal together. For this I am grateful!
Have a great TT; may you be "rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness" (Colossians 2: 7).