“Don’t panic, I’m in the emergency room – I hurt my back and neck…”
… The text message read, from my Navy daughter in San Diego, CA on December 10, 2011. I live in Florida. A whole country apart.
Moms, can you imagine the images that bounced through my mind at the time?
I could see her paralyzed from the neck down, strapped to a back board, never to move again. Which, now that I think about it, was silly since she just sent me a text? :-/
As it happened, I was talking with a dear friend, Deb, after our women’s ministry breakfast. I had my phone set on silent but I felt this urgency to check it. The text had just come in a couple of minutes prior.
Deb looked at me; I think she could see the “panic” on my face. I showed her the text message and as we sat there she took both of my hands into hers and began to pray. I was also able to share this with my other friends at the event that morning.
And my friends came alongside me in support and in prayer.
Oh and how Gods perfect timing so amazes me. At a time I needed my friends, godly women, I was right smack dab in the middle of them. When my daughter needed comfort and healing the beautiful voices of my girlfriends were lifting me and my child up before the throne of God.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians we are going to have trouble, times of tears and fears and heartache, “hard times”.
But isn’t wonderful that we have a loving God, who WANTS to be there for us, to give us comfort and to hold us.
I love the way He will bring just the right person to my side at just the right time I need her the most.
How she is able to love on me, comfort me with words and prayers and hugs and time, because she has been there.
And then after He brings me through those times of hardship, heartache and pain, He promises to bring me alongside someone else in pain and heartache.
Someone for me to love on as He loves me.
Someone who needs comfort with words and prayers and hugs and time, because I have been where she is now.
What ever you are going through today…
My prayer for you is that you have a godly girlfriend. If not seek her out, you need her and she needs YOU!
If you need prayer today, comment here and I and others will pray for you.
“…We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.”
My daughters’ injury turned out to be a severe muscle spasm in her neck. Possibly from just over doing it or tension, she is a very active child and works out vigorously, she also has a very stressful job. Praising God!!!
Caryn Poling – a disposable woman