God Has His Ways
By Mike St. Clair
Volunteer for Tarrant County
It happened during a routine hospital visit.
Something unexpected took place, yet of eternal significance.
This day seemed like any other, and this room was like
any other room. I say that with a disclaimer rattling
around in my head as I type the words! What constitutes
a routine hospital visit? Each person tells a unique
story, and thus, no visit is really just routine.
I was about to be reminded of that in surprising fashion.
God never ceases to amaze. When we make ourselves available
He will place us in positions of service. In retrospect,
one can only look back and marvel.
That happened on a recent "routine hospital visit".
When I made the first attempt, the nurse was helping
JoAnn with a procedure. Before I left the building,
I tried to re-visit JoAnn. When I introduced myself
she responded, Yes, I want you to come in.
I found a welcoming woman carrying a huge burden.
She began to speak of the cancer that was invading
her body and her concerns about her family. She feared
the possibility of leaving them behind. I prayed with
her and presented God with each of her concerns. Or
so I thought.
After our prayer, she asked, "Does the hospital
have a way for me to be baptized? It turns out
JoAnn had been raised in the church as a child but had
never been immersed. After some discussion with the
hospital chaplains, it was determined we could honor
her request, but thought she should consider going to
a local congregation. In the local church, she would
have continued support. On returning to the room, I
met her husband, Tim. They had decided to contact the
church near their home after her dismissal. In addition,
the whole family wanted to be baptized! JoAnn asked
how they should go about contacting the church. I suggested
she either call or go by the church on the way home.
I left the hospital with mixed feelings, excited, yet
wondering if there was more I could do. The next morning
I got a call from Tim and JoAnn. Would I be willing
to help break the ice with the Willow Park Church of
Christ? I was thrilled and contacted Robert Hiel,
the minister at that location. The following Tuesday,
Bob baptized JoAnn and Tim, along with granddaughters,
Tija and Jesslyn. They now are part of the family of
God. Truly God has His ways.
And it all happened during a routine hospital
(We all continue to remember JoAnns family in
prayers, as she continues to battle cancer.)
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