A couple of days ago I called a dear friend in CA to wish her a happy birthday! She is the one the Lord used to let Randy and I know we had found our church home there in Pasadena, Ca. That is another story for another day! When we finished catching up on what has been going on in our families, she told me she had a very special testimony to tell me about. As she proceeded to share the story of how God had used the son of some friends of ours still living there in CA, I began to tear up just thinking about the faithfulness of our God and how we need to never give up praying for someone God has put on our hearts! This is the story…names have been changed due to the fact I don’t know the young man’s mom to get her permission to tell the story
David (our friends son) had gone into the hospital in need of open heart surgery! He had done well coming through the surgery but was still in the hospital recovering ! As only God can do, a young man close to David’s age was wheeled into David’s room ! They began to visit and the young man, named Mark, ask David why he was in the hospital! He told him he was in for heart surgery and Mark told him “same with me”. David began to share his story of how he had made some bad choices in his life, walked away from Jesus, and allowed alcohol to take over his life, causing him to loose his family, his wife, and his job. Mark told David that he had lied to him about why he was in the hospital, it wasn’t just his heart, but he had overdosed! David shared with Mark how he had come back to the Lord and ask Jesus to forgive him and to make him a new man! It was at this point that Mark said to David, “I want that same what you have”. David led the young man thru scripture and ask him if he wanted to accept Jesus as his savior and told him Jesus loved him and led him in a prayer of salvation! They both cried and the nurse attending them both was a Christian and had heard what had been happening in the room! A couple hours later things began to happen and doctors were coming in and out but there was nothing they could do! Mark died! After David was released from the hospital, he received a call from a lady. The Christian nurse that had learned of the wonderful salvation of Mark right before he died had talked to his mom! She ask if she could have David’s number and of course he gave permission to give it to her. When she called David, she told him that for years she had been praying for her son and that she was so grateful that David had shared the Lord with Mark and knew that now one day she would see him again in glory! What a beautiful testimony of answered prayer! It was no accident that both men were put in the same room! The song that “God makes a way when there seems to be no way”reminds us that The Bible tells us that “with God all things are possible” is also a wonderful reminder to me to always be ready to give the hope that is mine in Christ Jesus! How glorious to know the rest of the story, that not only did Mark come to know the Lord, but that his mom had the assurance of knowing her prayers had been answered! God is so faithful and so good to come after us even when we have not been looking for Him!
Grace grace, Gods grace, grace that will pardon and cleanse within. Grace grace, Gods grace, grace that is greater than all our sin!