When God speaks…..Day 3

A common question among non-believers and, yes, even some believers is – what is the meaning of “God laid it upon my heart” or “God burdened me?” Both of these terms mean God is telling you something He wants you to do. A few of my experiences as a patient volunteer for Hospice is that when “God lays it upon my heart” I had better listen and obey without question.

There are times when I am called to the Hospice facility to sit with a patient. Sometimes patients in their pain and distress resist the nurse’s attempt to medicate them.

This was the case with Beverly who was borderline delusional, fearful and distrusting of any attempt by the nurse to calm her. Just trying to keep her in her bed was a challenge. (Physical restraints cannot be used on patients.) In order to be less threatening to her, I stayed near the doorway and gradually moved closer to her while I was praying for God to guide me in helping this poor woman. Eventually I was sitting in a chair beside her bed while she watched me with fear in her eyes like a trapped animal. The nurse came to the door with a hypodermic needle to give her a shot and I quickly waved her away fearful she would upset the delicate balance I had managed to achieve with God’s help.

I began to sing quietly (but not very well) while I looked casually at a magazine. I gently asked Beverly if I could get anything for her. Praise God! She answered calmly and politely, “No, but thanks for asking!” This opened the door for me to ask her why she was so agitated. Well, to make a long story short, she wanted to go home and said they wouldn’t let her. She asked me to take her home or call a taxi for her or whatever.

Speaking softly, I explained why she couldn’t go home and began describing another home where she could go. (quoting Scripture is not allowed unless initiated by the patient.) As she listened, she became sleepy and then fell asleep. I prayed to Jesus that he would be with her and that if it would be His will, to show her the way home.

Beverly never needed medication again to keep her calm and died a few hours later. I feel sure she died in the loving arms of Jesus.

Often times when God speaks, He is guiding you through a difficult situation and if you listen, He will help you through. “Lean not on your own understanding and trust the Lord with all your heart.” Proverb 3:5 NIV

When God speaks…..Day 2

A common question among non-believers and, yes, even some believers is – what is the meaning of “God laid it upon my heart” or “God burdened me?” Both of these terms mean God is telling you something He wants you to do. A few of my experiences as a patient volunteer for Hospice is that when “God lays it upon my heart” I had better listen and obey without question.

On my way home from visiting a patient, I drove by another patient of mine in an assisted living facility. My plan was to go home, have lunch and come back to visit her after lunch. I drove by the facility thinking “I should stop right now and visit Lisa.”

I was hungry and my husband was expecting me home so I drove on by. But I couldn’t do it! I had to turn around and go back! I really didn’t understand but I knew I had to do it.

When I arrived at Lisa’s tiny apartment, she was still in bed. I rushed to her side and found her crying and desperate. She said her phone wasn’t working and she couldn’t get out of bed. “I don’t feel good,” she cried. I called her Hospice nurse on my cell phone and, fortunately (or God’s plan) she was in the area. When she came she found Lisa’s blood pressure off the charts and immediately called 911. She was taken to the hospital and it took the doctors three days to get her blood pressure back to normal before she was dismissed.

The episode led to her being taken to a nursing home, having to give up her assisted living home, so that she could be under more closely watched care.

When God laid it upon my heart, I obeyed and was blessed.

“Therefore to him who knows to do good and does not do it, it is a sin,” James 4:17 (NIV)

When God speaks…..Day 1

A common question among non-believers and, yes, even some believers is – what is the meaning of “God laid it upon my heart” or “God burdened me?” Both of these terms mean God is telling you something He wants you to do. A few of my experiences as a patient volunteer for Hospice is that when “God lays it upon my heart” I had better listen and obey without question.

A sweet lady, we’ll call her Marion, that I visited in her home once a week was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and was living alone. She couldn’t remember the names of her daughters or if she had eaten breakfast but she could remember the hymns she sang sixty years ago. It was a happy time for her each Tuesday when she could tell me stories of singing at church functions around the area with her father and two sisters.

My usual routine was to visit her around ten o’clock. One morning I woke up earlier than usual thinking about Marion. I dismissed the nagging little worry while I did the normal chores around the house…but I couldn’t stop thinking about her. I kept telling myself “I can’t go this early. She won’t even be out of bed!” But when I couldn’t even concentrate on reading the morning paper I finally said “I give up! I have to go see Marion now regardless of the time.”

When I arrived at her house, I found her lying on the floor between her bedroom and bathroom. She had fallen sometime during the night and couldn’t get up. She was in pain and very distressed. It meant calling 911 and trying to keep her calm until the medics arrived. They took her to the hospital, and, fortunately, she had no serious injuries.

I was so grateful to the Lord for calling me where He needed me and for my being able to understand what He had “laid upon my heart.” James tells us in 1:22-25 (NIV) “Do not merely listen to the Word and deceive yourself, Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man, who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he heard, but doing it…he will be blessed in what he does.” Be doers of the word, not just hearers.