Wednesday, February 13, 2013
So, I was feeling a little down starting yesterday, as I was facing the anniversary of DH's passing, and having broken up, not having a "sweetheart" for Valentine's Day.
We'd gotten a new phone so I had to restore some frequently called numbers to it. I wanted to make sure I had the right number for my friend/sister Pastora Sabina in Lima - the one who has coordinated for me. When she recognized my voice she asked how I was, and I tearfully told her what was going on. She said, "Oh, my husband told me that he had the feeling Sister Shelley was very sad, and that we needed to pray for you, and I told him that I sensed it too. So we've been praying for you." It was such a comfort to know that my Heavenly Father knows what I need before I ask Him (Matt. 6:8).
He's done that before. A couple of days before my Dad and step-mother were killed, a friend of mine whom I hadn't seen for a long time "happened" to come to the convenience store where I was working at the time. She said, "Oh, Shelley, I have been so burdened for you - I've just been praying! What's going on?" I told her that nothing was going on at the time, but by all means to keep praying. So I know God was preparing me for the blow.
He's used me, too, in the past - putting someone on my heart so strongly that I just keep praying for that person.
It's a blessing to the person who is the object of prayer - and when it's possible to confirm that they are hearing from the Lord, it's a blessing to the intercessor to know.
So I was thinking about how I love how God does these things, and it reminded me of an old song. One could change the lyrics around a bit - but He has definitely swept me off my feet.