Wednesday, March 14, 2007

God Of Comfort

Yesterday, my grandma (we call her "Gran") went in for some surgery. The doctors couldn't complete it because they found a tumor. The biopsy results came back: cancer.

I called my mom and she was trying to hold it together on her way to the hospital. I told her that it's in moments like these that Jesus will comfort our family, and my mom very honestly said: "Well, then how come I don't feel Him?" I told her that sometimes we just don't, and that I would pray that she felt Him soon.

Well, today mom went back to the hospital to visit Gran now that the news has sunk in a little bit. Mom took pictures to decorate Gran's room, and my Aunt brought a brand-new duvet comforter for the hospital bed. My mom and Aunt didn't know they'd be arriving at the same time, but they found each other in the waiting room. My Aunt asked my mom to help her unpack the new duvet and new cover and fluff it together before they went into the room. As they were shaking it out, my Aunt mentioned: "I wish we had those clips that hold the duvet in place, bummer..." And then my mom started to smile.

My mom reached into her pocket and felt two duvet clips. Now remember: My mom had NO IDEA that my Aunt was coming to the hospital, let alone with a duvet. The only reason my mom even had these little clips in her pocket was because she was doing laundry a few days before and accidentally left them in her jeans when she got distracted by a phone call. I mean, who on earth carries around duvet clips in their pockets, anyway?

Only God knew that this teeny, tiny detail would be needed at the hospital. It was just God telling my mom and my Aunt: I'm here. I see you. I see you in the waiting room fluffing a blanket to comfort your mother, and I see that you need some little clips. Not safety pins, not paper clips, nothing except for these simple little duvet clips.

My mom called me later and said "I feel Him now."


Amber Adams said...

Isn't God awesome! His is a God of big and small things. I'm sorry to hear that your Grandmother has cancer. I know how it feels, my Grandfather just passed away on March 5 due to cancer. But you know something it is amazing the difference between non christians and christians it is almost like you are sad but you are glad all at the same time because you know that they are in a better place. It is the peace that our father in heaven above gives us. That is what is so amazing. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. God bless your family.

In Christ Jesus,

Amber Adams

Godzgirl said...

Thanks Sarah for sharing. I've been going through some difficult times and sometimes it's hard for me to feel God too. I went to a women's retreat this last weekend, where the topic was, "Abundant living in Christ." One of the gold nuggets I got out of it, was when she said, "when you faced with circumstances are hard to deal with, don't let the enemy rob you of your joy (and may I add, of your faith in God), praise Him for who He is and find an excuse to thank him for the things that He has given you (of course that does not mean neglect your feelings and what you're dealing with as you want to still want to be real with the reality you've been handed) but to look to God for your strength, comfort and joy. So, this week, I am trying to find an excuse to thank God for anything and everything and it's amazing! I have so much to be thankful for from His Word that I can stand on, to the beautiful colorful roses He created, to the sun in the sky, to dark chocolate, to the body of Christ that have been so supportive during these times...etc...she challenged us to write 100 things we're thankful for and wow does He lift me up to see all He has blessed me with in the midst some of the hardest trials I've ever gone through and He has given me peace beyond understanding in the midst of the storms in my life. I will lift you and your family up in my prayers. Thanks again for sharing, I've enjoyed reading your blog as my husband and I are wanting to start a family in a few years so it's been fun to see the step by step process of pregnancy and now one of my good friends is pregnant with her first so I get to see her process as well! I will pray that God will bless you and comfort you and your family during this tough time.

Ronda said...

That made me cry.
I love hearing about "God moments" like with those clips.
You and your family will be in my prayers.

Leeners said...

Wow, God is so good! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Hang in there!

Elise said...

Wow...I just got goose bumps. I love to hear how God works that way. He is so amazing!!! I am going to share that story today to as many people as I can!!!

I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother and I will pray that she gets the best medical advice and all the treatments are successful. I will praying for you and your family too because I know how difficult it can be. We recently lost one of our grandmothers and we miss her so much but we know she is in her glorious home with her Father and that gives us so much comfort!!!

Just have to say too that your baby girl is just so precious...truly such a blessing for you!!!

Chere Cline said...

God is totally awesome. Thanks for the reminder Sarah, I love you site, you comforted me right along with God. A great friend of my Committed Sucide this last week. It has been so hard on her family and close friends. But I that my God is a big God and is comforting all of us. Please be in prayer for her family.