God Sent You

In October, I re-blogged my birthday note to my close and dearest friend, Sarah White, who passed away on December 23, 2008 of pancreatic cancer.

It was Friday, December 19, 2008.  I had the day off from work and I was busy getting last minute Christmas shopping done.  As I drove around, this thought kept running through my mind,

“Go see Sarah.”

I thought, “I don’t want to bother her.  She could be resting and I would feel terrible if I woke her up.  Or, she could be at a doctor’s appointment.”

I prayed for her and went to the next store on my list, but she was heavy on my heart.

“Go see Sarah.”

I knew she was tired. Last time I saw her, I could tell, but she sat up and we talked and laughed together.  I didn’t want her to feel she had to entertain me.   Also, our kids were coming home from school soon.  We could only visit for a little bit.  I thought I’ll set up a time another day to stop by.

Once again, it was pressing on my heart, “Go see Sarah.”

It got to the point that the Lord’s push was greater than my resistance.  I drove straight to her house.  I didn’t even call.  I knew she loved Christmas music and I had a Christmas CD and some hand lotion I thought she might like.  If she wasn’t home, I was going to leave the items on her porch and call her later.

As I stepped out of the car, her house was quiet.  I knocked on the door and when it opened, Sarah’s mom, Cindy, was standing there.  She looked at me and with relief said,

“So, God sent you.”

I looked at her puzzled and she continued, “I have been on the phone on hold with the hospital trying to get a bed for Sarah.  I have been praying for someone to come and be with her in her room while I am downstairs on the phone.  God sent you.”

It was only 10 minutes or so that I sat and prayed with Sarah on her bed.  Her mom and then her dad arrived, saying that they got a bed and they were off to the hospital.

“God sent you….”  I left crying and desperately praying for my friend, but I thanked the Lord that He kept pushing me.  What if I hadn’t listen and rationalized why I shouldn’t have gone?  I would have missed that time with my dearest friend.  It was an honor to be the one He sent and be an answer to Cindy’s prayer.

At Christmastime, we celebrate someone else God sent; He sent His Son!

Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.”

God sent Jesus at just the right time to redeem us.  I am so thankful God sent Jesus!  He is the answer to all our prayers and truly is the best Christmas gift ever!

David and I are so grateful for you.  Looking back over this past year, we know people are praying for our Sarah.  The Praise/Prayer Tab on the blog shows it!  Some issues we thought would never get better (her non-stop crying) are getting better!  We are so grateful!  Bless you and we wish you a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate our Savior’s birth!

10 thoughts on “God Sent You

  1. kristine

    That story never gets old. Love this faith-filled journey we are on, when the Creator of the Universe chooses to show up and use us to be His agent… it doesn’t get better than that. When it truly is all about Him! We love you!

  2. Laura Imlach

    Such a powerful testimony – I love how Cindy saw God’s hand in the midst of such an incredibly difficult time, and how God used you as a love-gift to both you and Sarah, as well as her dear parents. I love you, sister. I can never tell you enough. And you know how tightly we hold you in prayer. ❤

  3. Pat Vess

    Jill, WE ALL learn something so valuable EVERYTIME you write and we have all learned something extraordinary in this one — always listen to that Divine nudge! Thank you for every word you share and truly you are publishing special treasure with each new blog. I am so grateful for you — your lives reflect the grace of God in the most trying of circumstances and HE is so pleased!

  4. Jill, I pray that I will be sensitive enough to the Spirit to “go” when God nudges me to see someone. You are an ongoing inspiration to me! Have a blessed Christmas season with your family.

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