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l was told that I was very lucky as l was on the verge of having a stroke!!! As l lay there in the hospital bed I began to cry and l tried to muffle (hide) my tears. l entered a pity party and really started to feel sorry for myself. One of the nurses asked me if l was ok and even though I was crying I answered what most people would have answered and l said ‘yes’, which was the complete opposite of how I was really feeling. I remember thinking to myself that if l was to die that nobody would care and that everything in my life was falling apart and a complete mess. I then heard God’s Almighty voice say; ‘NO Jackie I LOVE YOU and I HAVE you HERE in the palm off MY HANDS’. The voice was so clear that I immediately looked around because l thought l was hearing things, or that somebody had a radio or TV on or was I maybe dreaming? Jeremiah 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known’. As I was feeling sorry for myself l remember being angry with God and repeatedly thinking ‘why me, why me?’ Then, again l heard God’s audible voice speaking to me. With my nurse training, it was natural to try to rationalize everything through medical models and theories and I remember thinking; ‘it must be the medication or over tiredness’. However, I soon accepted that this was the voice of God Almighty speaking directly to me! How amazing that God would love little old me, with all my troubles so much, that He would try to attract my attention with His audible voice, wow! Matthew 11:28-30 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light'.
God also brought a Nigerian Health Visitor to my house who rented one of my rooms, who was a Christian. We would often pray together and this was really uplifting. By surrendering my situation over to God, it is just amazing what He did for me and what He can and will do for you. I must say that at the time l certainly didn't feel like there was a way out of my situation, however, just like Jessica Reedy sings in the song at the end of this article; ‘Put it on the altar’. Amen.
Author: Jackie Peacock
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