For those of you that do not know for the last twelve years I have worked along side Release Time Christian Education with fourth and fifth grader students. The organization has been around for over 60 years. The children are escorted off school grounds (usually during lunch) and fed the word of God; both Mikos and Sonja (my children) participated in this program when they were in elementary school.
This happened four years ago. It was a Thursdays, at Nohl Canyon Elementary school. While picking up my students, Kaitlan came running to tell me that Kelly (a parent of a former student) was in the hospital. Our walk to the trailer was a distance from the school and I questioned the her about Kelly. All she could tell me was that she was very sick. I had this feeling in my heart to go to the hospital and pray for her but she was just an acquaintance, and wondered how would she receive me? I taught the 45 minute class and walked the students back to school with this overwhelming feeling to go see Kelly. “No, no, I can’t do this, it would be too weird!’ I told myself and went home to eat lunch. I made a sandwich, took several bites when I felt the Lord tugging at my heart to go. I called the hospital to get specific information and with urgency got into the car and drove at an accelerated speed to St. Joseph’s Hospital. I was praying the entire way while the Devil was also attempting to get my attention. “Why are you doing this? You don’t even know her?” I tried to shut out the negative voices with praise music. So many obstacles were thrown my way as I rushed in to see Kelly. I thought to myself, what do I have to give? I am empty, I was trembling when I arrived. Kelly was in ICU, and due to the severity her illness, it was required to suit up in a mask, gloves and robe. It was a shocking sight to see this normally active, young beautiful mother of two in such a frail state. Kelly, burst into tears and explained that her body was shutting down and that she was totally septic. With the combination of tears and the mask my glassed fogged up as I daub her forehead with blessed oil and prayed for her. The prayer was for healing and total restoration of her body. My visit was about 10 minutes, I left, and prayed for her throughout the day.
The following evening I received a text message from Kelly, this is what I can recall: “I wanted you to be one of the first to know that I’m being released from the hospital today. I wanted to thank you for coming and praying for me, the infection has left my body, I want to thank you on behalf of my parents because I am their only living child. I know that you were an angel sent from heaven, and it was a miracle.”
The efficacious prayers reached the throne of God and Kelly was able to go home and celebrate Thanksgiving with her family.
“Now then, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my convenient, than you shall be My own possession amount all the people, for all the earth is mine.” Ex 19:5
“He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it” Luke 11:28
When we hear the voice of God, we need to obey and do what is asked of you, you will never know what a difference it makes until you move to the sound of His voice, just obey and pray.