The sky had turned a brilliant pink, and the horizon seemed to be in flame. It was gorgeous. But within minutes the color began to fade, leaving streaks of lavender. I was fortunate to be in the car, my husband driving, to see the sunset at the right moment. There are other moments that are important to notice.
The word I have chosen for 2017 is attentive. When I am prayerfully seeking the Lord I am more alert to his touch on my life. If I am watching I may see glimpses of his answer to prayer.
Recently my brother was hospitalized and his living arrangement was terminated. As I prayed throughout this crisis, I needed to be watching for signs of the Lord’s care. Here is what I noticed.
My brother had a nurse who looked beyond his mental disability and provided excellent care while he was in the hospital.
Because of this nurse’s attention, problems with his medications were seen more clearly and addressed.
Although my brother would not talk about Jesus or words from the Bible, he began to hum and sing a couple hymns. This amazed me because he is often angry with any talk about faith in God.
I wasn’t alone. My sister was with me. I had friends in the same town as the hospital. It was good to visit with my college roommate and another dear friend. We talked about our faith, and I was able to pray with them.
The bright colors of these moments guided me through a couple of tough weeks.
Isaiah has recorded these words of encouragement:
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. Isaiah 26: 3-4
Is my brother’s situation completely resolved? No, so I will give thanks for what I have seen and keep on praying.
Have you experienced answers to prayer recently? I would enjoy your comment.