Often times people will ask me what we learned through our Gideon story. A few thing in particular stand out in my mind…
…God’s promises are true.
…the Hope of Heaven brings peace.
…a life, no matter how long, can change the world.
…and God sends just the right people at just the right time.
When you are carrying a baby that you know will not survive you are a walking opportunity for hurt. Circumstances being what they were, often times I holed up…only peaking through the blinds just briefly to let people in. Some people, however, well it was they were drawn in to our family during our time of need. Its like they were gifted and called to love on us.
One of those people, in particular, was Lindy. Right from the start I felt as if Lindy and Gideon had a connection. Gideon didn’t have kidneys, and Lindy, well Lindy would be needing a new kidney sooner than later. Lindy was also no stranger to the sacred dance of waiting on God, waiting on His timing and provisions and trusting that His miracles would come at just…the…right…time.
Lindy made me cookies, brought me lavender bubble bath, sent me constant scripture, and prayed for me over and over again that God’s miracles would come for my Gideon. Every time I would get our weekly prayer list at church there it would be, under Lindy’s name “Please pray for healing for Gideon Furlough.” Every single time I read it, I cried. Today, this day…I am now praying for her and would ask that you pray with me.
Lindy is preparing herself to have a kidney transplant. Actually it was supposed to be tomorrow, but a slight fever pushed it back a few weeks and so once more we find ourselves asking why?
Why not the full healing? The full healing that Lindy has asked for, on hands and knees, for years. Why the slight fever that caused the delayed surgery when all Lindy wanted was to be recovered by the holidays? Why the rapid kidney decline in a woman so young?
I have to believe, somehow and someway, it’s for such a time as this. And we trust and believe that God’s ways are better and truer than our own. Lindy came into my life, strong and for a season. Her powerful prayers bolstered my spirits and so today, I pray you would join me to pray Scripture over her and her daughter and husband. And maybe, just maybe, you can pass these prayers on to someone in your life who might need “a for such a time as this” friend right now too.
We Pray Against Fear and Doubt
John 14:27 “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
We Pray For Comfort and Provision
Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
We Pray For Miracles (always for miracles sweet Lindy)
1 Chronicles 16:11-13
“Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
you his servants, the descendants of Israel,
his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.”
We Pray For Hope
“Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.”
We Pray For Patient Endurance
Colossians 1:9-11 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father,who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”
We Pray For Strength Every Day
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
We Pray for Sweet Laughter
Psalm 126:2 “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
In these days before the surgery, I am reminded fully that life ebbs and flows. Sadness goes up and down. Life has phases of ease and phases of difficulty. Even closeness of relationships go high or low depending on where life has each person. May we fully live in the ebb that we find ourselves in. May we not question what came before or what might be. But may we live, together, and in supportive love…lifting each other up always in prayer. Being, with every chance we can get, a “for such a time as this” friend.
And laughing…always laughing.