Friday, January 15, 2016

Bring Them To Jesus

I read a negative cartoon that asked, “Why don’t you ever see a faith healer at the hospital?” While I am no faith healer, I do have faith, and I am more than willing to take the Great Healer to the hospital.

Yesterday, while waiting for my check up with the Kidney Surgeon, my daughter and I noticed a petite young woman sitting in the waiting room across from me. She was wearing a Stanford nametag that I didn’t recognize. When the timing felt right, I asked her about her nametag.  She shared that the nametag was from the Pediatrics center.

“Who is in pediatrics, may I ask?” Turns out she had been air lifted from Roseburg, Oregon with her two year old daughter. Her baby was sick, having complete liver failure. This young mother was in the clinic trying to prepare for surgery to give a portion of her liver to her daughter.

We spoke for a while before I was called into the room to meet with the Surgeon. My daughter was going into the room with me, but she lingered briefly to assure this young mother who was sitting there alone, worried sick about her daughter, that we would commit to supporting her and her baby in prayer.

We read a powerful story in the Gospel of Mark, “Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:3-5)

We could have sat in any of the rows in the waiting room and found ourselves across from people in need of being lowered through the roof before Jesus. This was only the Kidney and Liver clinic. There were thousands of families with thousands of needs in the massive Stanford hospital. All of those patients and the families who were there to support them need our ministry of bringing them to the Great Healer. 

One doesn’t need to walk from room to room to find a need. Just find a waiting area and sit down. God will bring someone to you. If you can strike up a conversation, you can have a ministry of carrying someone to the Great Healer.

I won’t know the result of my prayers for this young lady and her daughter. I don’t need to know the outcome. All I need to know is that God placed an anxious young lady before my daughter and I so that we could make the commitment to bring her needs to Jesus. The rest is up to the Lord, and I am confident that He will take care of outcome because he put me in the position of being their prayer warrior.


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