We huddled in the living room, waiting to be connected via FaceTime. And then, there she was. She looked surprisingly good considering all she’d been through.
We’d been praying over her for years. God do you hear our prayers? Do you see her? Yet, this evening was proof that He does hear, see, and answer. She lives thousands of miles from Colorado, but because of technology, she was able to join our gathering.
We’d prayed for her protection and deliverance, never expecting she’d ask to sit in on a Jericho Girls meeting. Each of our ladies said an emotional hello.
“Thank you for praying for me,” she said.
“We’re so glad you joined us tonight. How are you feeling?”
“Good, I’m feeling strong.”
The powers of darkness had chained her to a world of drug addiction.
The battle is real, you know.
“You are strong,” I said, hoping my words came across power-packed and filled with faith. “We believe in you. You can do this.”
We began our discussion: getting real with others, talking about pride, shame, and how it feels weak when we open our hearts to others.
On my drive home, I was momentarily flooded with fear. Her battle is likely not over—this might just be a ‘lull in the action’. How will I feel about God if she has a relapse?
In the silence of my fright, came a whisper—as if the Master was sitting in my passenger seat, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
And in response to my own question—How will I feel about God if she has a relapse?—I replied, “I will trust you, know matter what.”
The car’s headlights parted the darkness and I said one more prayer for before turning into my driveway.
Remembering that He hears, sees and answers.
Ultimately, He wins—goodness will prevail.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chron. 20:15
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Zech. 4:6