Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
I love that I can pray absolutely anywhere, and as a ranch wife feel so close to GOD all during my day. I am constantly surrounded by his beauty and witness to his miracles. It also amazes me the amount of prayer warriors that touch our lives on a daily basis. This was never more evident then this week. Our friends found out their month-old baby was born with two holes in her heart. I can’t imagine how scary and devastating that news was to hear. I know how scary I was. I cried my heart out for them. And while I cried I prayed. I wasn’t there to hug them or comfort them, so I did what would help them the most— I prayed. I prayed for strength for the sweet child, strength for the parents, healing, and comfort for all as they navigated the terrifying, uncharted waters that lie ahead.
Within hours, it seemed, the word had spread about what our friends were facing. And we prayed, every single warrior. There was a Facebook page started to ask for more prayers and to give everyone praying updates on the child’s condition. And we continued to pray, every single warrior. We prayed for healing, for strength, for comfort– we just sent up prayers. Then we started receiving the good news– the child had gained weight; the child was going to be transferred for heart surgery sooner rather than later; the child would get to travel by auto with her parents and not flown via air ambulance with one parent riding along and the other having to travel alone to meet them at the next hospital. And still we prayed, every single warrior. Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11
The great news continued. The doctor was able to successfully repair the two holes in the heart. The sweet little angel is now recovering from the surgery, already in a regular bed and out of a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) bed, and plans are being made for discharge home in a few days. Now along with the prayers of healing being sent up there were also prayers of thanksgiving. We thanked the LORD for the steady hands of the physician. We thanked the LORD for his healing touch on this child. We thanked the LORD for bringing together such a group of prayer warriors and for hearing the pleas. And the praying continues by every single warrior.
I have no idea what GOD’s plan for this child might be, but this little punkin has already touched an incomprehensible number of hearts. This child made us all stop and reevaluate things. Was the calf running through the fence really that big of an issue? Shouldn’t we be thankful for the moisture we have received instead of continuing to complain about it not being enough? Maybe I should be hugging these teenagers instead of complaining about them not putting their clothes away! For a few days we have all focused our thoughts and prayers on this child. For a few days we have stopped worrying about the things we cannot change, and dealing with the little things without complaint. For a few days we have focused on helping someone else and giving thanks. We prayed, every single warrior.
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16