19 Aug
2012
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A Proper Passage for a Get Well Card

How do I know what Scripture passage God might use in the life of another person?  I can guess by thinking of the person’s situation and then looking up topics that would be fitting.  I can pick a verse that has a lot of meaning to me.  But what verse does the Lord want this person to hear? What verse will speak to their heart like no other? I have no idea at all.

Oh the beauty of prayer!  How lovely it is that the Lord has invited us to participate in His work by praying!  My 46 year-old step sister was in the hospital, waiting to have double bypass heart surgery.  I might have no idea what verse to write down on my little get well card, but the Lord knows!

“Lord, what verse should I use?  This is your work and I am your vessel; I don’t want to get in the way by assuming I know anything, if it pleases You, please pick out the proper passage”.

I started with one that I thought might be it but it didn’t seem quite right, so I left a marker on it and moved on, flipping through my NIV, checking my highlighted passages.  It wasn’t long before one popped out like a sore thumb, and I knew the Spirit was nudging me to write down Philippians 4:6-7,

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ”

When my step sister read the passage, she started crying.  She said that particular verse had a lot of meaning to her because once she had to go to the Mayo Clinic all by herself and she clung tightly to that verse.

Later, after dropping the card off, I looked at the passage again and read it to my children.  I noticed the very appropriate promise that the Lord would ‘guard your hearts’, which was exactly what my step sister needed, in a very literal way!  And we prayed for her again, that the Lord would guard her heart.

Her surgery went well and, though she is not yet through her trial, her recovery is going well also.  And in that surgery room, the peace of God guarded her heart, literally.  Praise be to God.

So, what do you think?