friend of mine, one of “my girls” from youth
church days, spent her last holiday season from Thanksgiving to New
Year’s in the hospital, fighting for her life.
Falling ill while visiting
family out of state, she was rushed to
the hospital the morning she and her husband and sons were to return
The doctors surmised she had a
virus, but they didn’t know what
kind. The antibiotics they gave her were new and untested but the only
drug they had to combat the mounting and morphing infection.
They had to keep her sedated.
More than once her husband was called in the wee hours of the night to
come say good-bye.
A local church body came to
serve and pray for them. Friends and
family were vigilant before God, lifting up her name. In my heart, I
knew it wasn’t her time, but I couldn’t understand the point of her
In January, she returned home,
very weak and tired, with a long
journey of recovery ahead of her. She’d lost a lot of weight and
But miracles aren’t new to her
life. Right after she was married,
the doctor told her she probably would never have children. It would be
hard for her to conceive. Little did he know, she was already pregnant.
The second son came along soon after.
It was as if God was saying,
It’s been over six years since
her last child. Then she faced this
brush with death. But last week, my friend found out she was pregnant.
In the natural, it makes no
sense. Pregnancy after nearly dying? Twins, to boot?
Yet every time I think of this circumstance, a God laugh stirs in my
Isn’t it just like God to give a
double portion after we die to
ourselves, or face a horrendous battle? Job is our patriarch of losing
it all but gaining double in the end.
Jesus, our wise, perfect Leader,
tells us in Matthew 19 that with God “all things are possible.”
Yet how often do we spend most
of our lives, our spiritual energy,
dodging the raindrops of doubt? “God can’t fix my finances, or my
mistakes, or mend my broken relationships.”
The psalmist wrote, “He is
willing and He is able.”
My friend’s pregnancy is a God
whisper: “I give you life and life abundantly.”
So, what raindrops are you
dodging? Bad memories? Negative emotions?
Lost contracts? Broken relationships? Living from pay check to pay
check? Perhaps wondering if, in fact, God does love you?
If God can bless my friend with
twins, what can He do for you? You are as loved and as special as she.
lived through the dark night of the soul.
So can you. Don’t give up! Don’t give in. Stand on the promises you
know to be true. Here are some ideas on how to cling to God’s Word and
1. Set apart time to be in the
Word. Talk to God about what you’re
reading. He’s fine if you say, “I don’t understand this. Teach me.”
2. Pray. Talk to Him.
3. Fellowship with others who will stand with you, pray for you, endure
4. Write down God’s promises to your own heart, or what you see written
in the Word. Believe them.
5. Change your thinking habits. Instead of rowing with the negative,
doubtful thoughts, paddle on the other side. Confess truth. Confess who
you are in Christ, not what you are not.
6. Shut out the “noise.” Take time away from entertainment and social
media. Settle your soul and spirit.
7. Be thankful. (See Philippians 4:6–8.)
Walking with God is a process.
We see that with our brother Job.
Even patriarchs like Abraham and Isaac didn’t see the complete
fulfillment of God’s promise to them. But they endured to the end.
Paul writes: “I don't know about
you, but I’m running hard for the
finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for
me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught
napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out
myself” (1 Cor. 9:26–27 MSG).
Run the race of this life to
win. Believe for the double portion.