God May be Speaking to You
As Thanksgiving approached in 1976, our family got together and for a change we went to a park for Thanksgiving. Little did I know that would be the last Thanksgiving I would spend with my Dad.
Right before Christmas, my brother and Mom informed me that Dad had to be taken to the hospital for abdominal pain. A few short days later they performed exploratory surgery and it appeared he would be ok. My wife and I returned to our home about 2 hours away.
A short time later, we received a message from my Mom at our home that my Dad was now in the critical care unit as his lung had collapsed as he had choked on some food and it went down into his lung.
We rushed back to Phoenix where he was in the hospital and he looked as white as a sheet. It was painful wondering what was going to happen to him.
After days of being at the hospital I think my aunt mentioned to me it may be a good idea to go down and pray in the chapel at the hospital. Well, that led to many trips to the chapel and praying on my knees to God that he save my father and that he may pull through these severe health issues.
After going to the chapel several times, one day I had an event happen to me that I will remember the rest of my life. As I was praying in the chapel down on my knees with tears rolling down my cheeks, a bright light appeared to me while I had my eyes closed.
I had been praying, "Oh Lord God please let my father live, please God let him live", when all of a sudden this bright light appeared to me while my eyes were closed and God spoke to me saying that "it was not my decision whether my Dad lived or died but it was His decision". With these words coming from God a peace came over me that put me at peace no matter whether my Dad lived or died. In less than a month my Dad had died but I was not angry with God.
But this is not the end of the story, when reading through the Bible over 20 years later it felt like the hair on my arms were standing straight up when I came across Luke 22:42 and it hit me like a ton of bricks. "Yet not my will, but Your will be done." Luke 22:42, this was Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, submitting to God before he went on the cross showing his human side. He was submitting himself before God, in effect saying it was not his decision whether he died on the cross but God's decision. So be beware, God maybe speaking to you when you do not even know it, when you are reading His Word!!!
Reading God's word daily and regularly can lead to things you never would imagine!!