Strength for the Day

When my daughter was 23 years old, she was thrown through the air 45 feet by a runaway horse that resulted in a serious head injury.  She was air-lifted to the emergency room.  When I arrived there an hour later, the doctor told me she was in a deep coma and there was nothing he could do to save her.  I was devastated.  The E.R. social worker allowed me to go into the treatment room to see her one last time.  I went in and told her how much I loved her and kissed her cheek.  The only response I got was a slight quivering of her bottom lip.

When I returned to the waiting room my sister who was with me and I got on our knees and prayed for her complete recovery.  I found that when you really need to talk to God, it doesn’t matter where you are or who is listening.  God was merciful and He used this crisis to show his great love and mighty healing hand.  The whole hospital was buzzing with the news of her amazing progress.  My daughter made a complete recovery.  She has worked as a registered nurse for over 25 years; is married and has two children.

In this instance, God chose to work a miracle right away.  However, many times when a crisis occurs, God chooses to work His miracle in our lives gradually–many times for the rest of our lives.  He is teaching us that He is always with us and that, with his loving hand on us, we can cope with whatever is our lot in life each day, and find joy in his presence.  He gives strength for this day and a promise of a better tomorrow.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”  Psalm105:4

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2