“The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” Romans 8:26
Sometimes, God puts us in a particular spot at an appointed time in order to be of some use and service to complete strangers. A week ago, I had received a call from a parish member to pray for a nurse in a hit and run case who was critical in the hospital of a neighboring town. Though I had no idea who she was, I prayed fervently that she would be healed and could return to her family before Christmas.
Last Sunday, in the early hours of morning, I was abruptly awakened from my sleep and I realized that I had already started praying the first decade of the rosary while asleep. A strong sense within me kept urging me to pray, so with my eyes still closed and lying on my bed, I continued to say the rosary. I really did not know for whom I was supposed to pray and for what reason but I just knew that I had to pray. Halfway through, I started to doze off but again something urged me to stay awake and complete praying which I fulfilled. On my way to work, I was somehow left with a premonition that something was amiss and kept pondering about the early morning incident and all I knew for certain was that the Lord wanted me to pray at that particular hour for someone, somewhere.
Around noon, I had to rush to the emergency section of the city hospital. Around the same time, this nurse for whom I had been praying the previous week was brought in from the neighboring hospital. I was not aware then that her bed was right in front of me. Whilst in the hospital, I started praying again. I removed all the holy pictures from my hand bag and kept them out next to me. After half an hour or so, a parish nurse on duty who knew me well informed me that this lady had passed away and proceeded to tell me about her. It was only then that it struck me that she had been there with me in the same space.
It also immediately dawned on me that my prayers at that particular time were not being used only for my intentions but also for someone across the room who was passing away from this world to the next.
This was what the Lord wanted. That someone should be praying for this lady close to her in her final moments. Very often, relatives get so distraught that they cannot bring themselves to pray. That is when we have to step in and pray for strangers who are not really strangers considering that we are all God’s children and it is our Christian duty to pray for others and the world.
This is life! Destiny has strange ways of never failing to astonish us. Sometimes, we wait for a particular event or meeting to be fulfilled in time but suddenly, destiny rears its head and we are left helpless. We plan so much in advance with loving expectations but destiny takes it all away from us.
But again, we also have the promise of the Lord who was born on this earth over two thousand years ago that He will make all things new. We can thus look forward to future glory in His time. As it is so aptly mentioned in a popular hymn; “The sweetest story ever told God loves you. And, remember in the test, God loves you. When it seems all hope is gone, Look above, behold the dawn, God loves you.”
Yes, He loves us on all days, He knows the predicaments that we face and He is loving us through it all. He brings us safely through the tunnel of darkness into the sunshine of hope.
Lastly, for all those who are dreading doom’s day, all I can say is that it is only God’s day all the way.
Every day comes from him and even the day the world ends it would be the day of His second coming. Incidentally, the calendar on my desk at work has a very striking printing error. Tomorrow’s date reads as 19th December, Friday instead of 21st December. So, No Dooms day…......... Because the light of the world is coming at Christmas to banish all darkness forever.