Enlarged in the Waiting

Do you believe that God can prompt your spirit to pray for someone, even if you don’t know why or what they’re going through?

I do. I’ve seen it happen before, heard stories of it happening to others. And it happened to me yesterday.

Pearl was so heavy on my heart last night. If you saw my previous post, where I shared our song, you already know this. I went to bed praying for her and thinking about her.

This morning, I received a message from the orphanage’s pastor, stating that he was taking her to the doctor because she was very sick with a high fever. He suspected malaria; of course, they’re so familiar with it there, I’m sure that’s what it is even though I’ve not heard back from him yet regarding the actual diagnosis.

I felt terrible when I heard that she’d been struck with it yet again. This is the third time she’s had malaria in the year-and-a-half or so that we’ve known her. I was really hoping that she’d be safely here at home with us before she had to suffer through another bout of it.

But, God can use even illness to make Himself known. The way all this unfolded, with my feeling so strongly prompted to pray for her, reassured me (at a time of feeling a bit forgotten) that God is indeed vividly aware of us. It reminded me that there’s a plan much bigger than the one I can understand, and that love, His true love, is what links us all together. Even when we’re apart, the Holy Spirit’s gift of love makes our souls aware of one another in a way that requires no verbal communication.

My mama’s heart knew my girl needed prayer last night. Call it intuition if you want to — but I call it a gift from a loving Heavenly Father.

I love all of Romans 8, but I find this passage, verses 22 through 28, in The Message translation, particularly fitting right now:

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

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