Romans 8 moment

This morning I found myself blown away (once again) by God’s mercy and faithfulness when I was at a loss for words.

I was speaking with an individual yesterday who is going through some very difficult stuff in their life.  They were in utter despair and didn’t know how they could possibly go on.  Throughout the course of the conversation my heart was breaking as this person struggled to speak through their tears.  I kept asking in my heart:

God, please help them.  Please do something.

I was pleading for them as I listened to them.  It was one of those times where words would have gotten in the way; they just needed someone to listen.

Finally…

…I offered to pray with them which they happily received.  I don’t remember what I said.  I think it was one of those times that Paul talks about in Romans 8:

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

Following the prayer they thanked me and I promised to follow up with them tomorrow (which is today).  I then proceeded to the sanctuary and continued praying.  Once again…I do not remember what I said.

Another Romans 8 moment.

I called this person today to follow up (as I promised).  As soon as I heard their voice I knew things were different.  They said they were having a much better day.  They seemed a little more optimistic even though they still have some trials  ahead of them.  Then this person said they thought maybe God was grooming them so they could help someone else out.  Wow!

After the phone call I returned to the sanctuary in utter amazement.  I didn’t know what to pray for yesterday but God was faithful; God was glorified.  In the end I guess all we need to do is just throw our hands up in the air and say…

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