If you would like more information on this topic, please check out the article linked at the bottom of the post. The phone rang in my hotel room, startling me in the dark and unfamiliar setting. It was my aunt calling to tell me in her gentle voice that the nursing home had just called, my mom was not doing well and they were calling hospice. As I climbed out of bed a wave of pain tore through me and before I knew it, I was on my knees.
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Please give me time. I am not ready. Not now. I prayed. It had been just three months since my younger brother died unexpectedly, vanishing from my life and leaving me reeling with indescribable agony. And in spite of preparing for several years for the inevitable passing of my mom and my only parent, I was far from ready. Actually, it had been only hours since I had shared with my mom that we had lost her beloved little boy, Brian. The strawberry blonde boy she was so choice of and the man she was so deeply proud of.
It was an accident that I shared the news of his passing. My family had decided weeks prior that because of her declining health, it was best to not tell her about this devastating loss. Mom rarely spoke, she did not recognize many of those around her, and she was bed and wheel-chair ridden, which was a decline that she pushed against fiercely on her more cognizant days.
My family was good at this type of denial.
When pain hit, we all knew how to push it down. I worked on disassembling his beloved home, closing his office, and carefully distributing his treasures to those who might care for them in the same way he did. In those weeks, I found it impossible to even chat with my mother on the phone. Enveloped in the fog of grief, I let time march forward and I did not make my monthly pilgrimage to Florida from Virginia to visit my dear mom.
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It seemed like an eternity of wailing, pushing and pulling before a nurse managed to give my mother an injection to calm her and for sleep to set-in. I sat and I waited for her to stir. Eventually, her hand reached out to mine and our eyes met. The pain in her eyes was visible and, despite her dementia, I knew that she had not forgotten my last words. The tears rolled down our faces and I climbed into bed with her and sat facing her.
Our arms were intertwined and our foreheads pressed together. Through our sobs, I shared that he did not suffer. That it was quick and that a favorite patient of 17 years found him. I told her that the love and caring she poured into him was reflected in all that he was — an adored son, brother, doctor, friend and man.
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Our conversation paused from time to time as we each sat with our own anguish. I lost my mom not long after that call in my hotel room, but not before my prayers were answered. For a few sweet days, I was given the gift of time with her. My older brother came to gently whisper in her ear and released her. With God, when the person is actually a child of God, when the person belongs to God, he knows them and hears their prayers. Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me I know them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. When it comes to God then, do you really know him and does he know you? Do you have a relationship with him that warrants God answering your prayers? Or is God pretty distant, pretty much just a concept in your life? If God is distant, or you're not sure that you know God, here is how you can begin a relationship with him right now: Getting Connected. For those who do know him and rely on him, Jesus seems to be wildly generous in his offer: "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
Then they're able to ask him whatever they want. Here is another qualifier: "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us -- whatever we ask -- we know that we have what we asked of him.
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Where we trip up is assuming we know God's will, because a certain thing makes sense to us! We assume that there is only one right "answer" to a specific prayer, assuming certainly THAT would be God's will. And this is where it gets tough. We live within the limits of time and limits of knowledge. We have only limited information about a situation and the implications of future action on that situation. God's understanding is unlimited. How an event plays out in the course of life or history is only something he knows. And he may have purposes far beyond what we could even imagine.
So, God is not going to do something simply because we determine that it must be his will. Pages and pages could be filled about God's intentions toward us. The entire Bible is a description of the kind of relationship God wants us to experience with him and the kind of life he wants to give us.
Here are just a few examples:. He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for [trust] him! Like someone rising out of his chair to come to your help, "He rises to show you compassion.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. However, God's greatest display of his love and commitment to you is this: Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends," 10 which is what Jesus did for us. And so, "If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? Certainly people get sick, even die; financial problems are real, and all sorts of very difficult situations can come up.
What then? God tells us to give our concerns to him. Even as the situation remains dismal, "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. When the whole world seems to be falling apart, God can keep us together. This is when a person can be very grateful that they know God.
Prayer for the impossible to happen
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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Probably any Christian could list examples like this in their own lives.
But if the circumstances do not improve, God can still give us his peace in the midst of it. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. It is at this point when circumstances are still tough that God asks us to continue to trust him -- to "walk by faith, not by sight" the Bible says.
But it's not blind faith. It is based on the very character of God. A car traveling on the Golden Gate Bridge is fully supported by the integrity of the bridge. It doesn't matter what the driver may be feeling, or thinking about, or discussing with someone in the passenger seat. What gets the car safely to the other side is the integrity of the bridge, which the driver was willing to trust.
In the same way, God asks us to trust his integrity, his character He says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.