Last night I was sitting on the love seat in our living room – getting ready to watch the movie “Radio” with Greg, when suddenly my cell phone rang.
I will back up and give you a little history on that phone call.
We are getting a little Bichon Frise puppy from a lady in the Tri-Cities area named Monica. She and I have developed an email and phone relationship as she has watched over and cared for our little puppy, who was born very tiny, has been bottle fed every hour and a half for the first 3 weeks of her life, and coaxed and coddled into growing and being healthy. Monica has been careful to allow me to be a part of the process through pictures and phone calls. She is a loving person who thinks of her three adult Bichon’s and all their puppies, as her children.
We had planned a trip to go see our puppy tomorrow, when Monica called me at the beginning of the week to tell me she was very ill and would have to have surgery to remove her gall bladder. Surgery was scheduled for yesterday morning. I texted and told her we would be definitely praying for her and the family – for a fast recovery and strength over the next few weeks. She thanked me and I anxiously waited to hear something yesterday evening. I sent off another text and then went to sit on the love seat to watch our movie.
The cell phone rang. It was Monica. She didn’t sound like herself. She apologized and said, “I’m sorry, I feel bad because I don’t know you very well – but…could you please pray for me? I’m really sick and I’ve been throwing up every 15 minutes since the surgery.” I acted immediately – and said, “YES. Let’s pray right now!” and I did. I’m not sure what I said – I was a little stunned, because it isn’t every day that someone asks you to do this – but somehow in that moment the Lord helped me and I was able to pray peace on that situation – and that the doctor would be able to get a hold of the situation and figure it out – FAST.
It was an “instant in season” moment. You know the kind. When your called upon to do the extraordinary – in a very ordinary time. To be “filled up” with God – so that in these “moments” responding is done without hesitation. Sometimes, if I’m honest – I don’t feel like this. I feel very inadequate. But in spite of my weakness – He spoke through me and was strong.
Somehow she knew that I was a Christian – we had never discussed it. But when she had a real emergency – a real life or death need, she knew who to call and that I would pray.
It was after the prayer that I was able to tell her that we are Christians and that we believe and have a faith that God not only understands us – but that He made our bodies and that He cares. I told her that Greg was a minister and had been for almost 30 years now. This was amazing to her – but very comforting in her time of need. Her vomiting sounded very much like an allergic reaction to the pain meds – because something similar had happened years ago to Greg when having his wisdom teeth removed. I told her about my hunch – and this morning I received a text from her saying that the doctor discovered that she indeed had an allergic reaction to the drugs. And all is well.
It is certain that the bonding moment that we shared in prayer during that crisis will be a pivotal moment for both Monica and her husband who was in the hospital room with her while I prayed for her on the phone.
Never take little “moments” with people for granted – you never know when you are being placed in someone’s life for their moment of crisis.
Stay close to Him.
Stay “instant in season” and even “out of season” because – well… you never know.
Turn your ordinary – into the extraordinary.
- Adopting A Puppy (cindyholman.wordpress.com)