By the Very Hand of God- Posted 12/6
This is a story about miracles from the very hand of God. Since the crash of my businesses in 2008-2010, I have been dealing with some very difficult and strenuous legal issues. Ones that seem like they are never going to end. The issues have been unjust, unfounded and very painful. One by one, over the years they have dropped off as the truth finally comes out about each issue. They have caused such a burden on me mentally, emotionally and especially financially.
While I have so many blessings to be grateful for, the toll these issues take is immense and there are times when it seems like it is literally overwhelming. Suffocating. And when I get overwhelmed, I pour my heart out to God even more fully. He has helped me through so many difficulties and blessed me so richly, so many times. Because many of these issues have been undeserved, I have tried hard to fight the, “Why me?” attitude that so easily develops when we feel persecuted. I have struggled mightily not to point out all the good things I am trying to do for others to the Lord, like because of these things He should somehow take my trials away due to my efforts. It is often WITH these trials that He draws us even closer unto Him.
I have an app on my phone that I use for studying the scriptures. I use it every night, typically before I go to bed and sometimes in the morning as well. Sunday night I used my app as normal and then closed it. When I open it the next time for study, it always takes me back to the same place that I was studying before.
Monday morning I was up early at the gym. I arrived at about 6am and was working hard. For whatever reason, these legal issues really started weighing me down. As I pushed myself hard, I poured my heart out asking for guidance on what to do. After I finished, I watched a show on Netflix while I rode the Cybex, to try and take my mind off of despair. I then started listening to one of my Pandora channels after that.
After finishing my workout, my attempts to exhaust and distract myself just hadn’t worked. I felt more despondent than when I had arrived at the gym. As I headed to the sauna, I decided to get on Facebook and respond to some messages. I looked down to my phone as I turned the screen on. The screen did not open on Pandora, where I had left it only minutes before when I started my walk to the sauna.
My scripture app was open again AND turned to a DIFFERENT place than I had left it the night before. It opened to Luke 18, verses 7 and 8. They read:
7. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8. I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Tears immediately filled my eyes. Not only did my Heavenly Father tell me that He heard me, He assured me that the wrongs I am facing in this life will be “avenged.” He acknowledged that I have cried to Him day and night and that He has heard my humble prayers.
He rebuked me gently and reminded me that “He bear long with me.” He also pierced me softly by asking if His Son would find faith upon His coming. I like faith too often despite all I have seen and heard. I quietly prayed and thanked Him for His majesty and ability to calm my fears. I was overwhelmed with His love. I nearly sobbed in the sauna. What a sight at the gym!
I have a saying that I came up with that sadly, I forget far too often. It goes:
“The only time I feel fear is when I forget that God is on my side.”
How easily I forget. How often I forget. What an unprofitable servant I can be in His work.
After this special experience and as I gathered myself, I then opened up Facebook and was hit a 2nd time by His love and majesty. A dear friend of mine, Clayton AhQuin had posted two verses from where he and his family had done scripture study recently. It was at the very top of my feed as if my Heavenly Father was saying, “I will answer your prayer even more fully, my Son.” The verses he posted were from Mosiah 24:14-15 from the Book of Mormon. They read:
14. And I will ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.
15. And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
A second witness was born to me there that the Lord hears and answers our prayers. My heart was softened and I was filled more deeply with His love and concern for me. The very Hand of God played a part in my struggles that morning. My scripture app was not open at any time during that morning. I had not been in Luke the night before or in several weeks. I reread the scriptures that I had studied the night before and there were no links there to Luke 18 that might have been pressed somehow while my phone was in my pocket. God caused that my phone would be there to answer my prayer. The New Testament is such a powerful book!
Very few people post scriptures on Facebook. The fact that another scripture was posted, was exactly what I needed to hear and was at the top of my feed at that VERY moment, was a second answer to my prayer and another miracle that wonderful morning.
We need to stand as witnesses for Him in all that we do, sharing the successes that He pours out on us at the top of our lungs. We need to comfort those that stand in need of comfort by sharing the trials that He brings us through with His love and majesty. He loves us and is mindful of our needs. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
There is a different way to live. Sometimes we needed to be reminded of that. Having, developing and sharing a divine personal role and sense of purpose is crucial to our happiness and fulfillment here on earth. Comment below or message me to find out more.
I would love to hear your comments on faith, miracles and your personal experiences, if anyone will share.