Nearness of God
How strong is your love of God? Do you want him to be near you? He is always near you. It is good for you to remember that he is near. Make sure you take him with you when you join a little group. He can really direct your group to joy when you as a Christian help lead others to be good to one another. Jesus brings you joy when you are nice to one another. It is he who makes or breaks a group discussion. When you show love to one another, you are showing the love of the Lord who saved you. The group might wonder why there was such nice congeniality.
Your actions when you are in a group can be determined by the nearness of God. While you are in a group, you can bring Jesus into it by thinking of him and asking him to be near to all of you. When Jesus is near, love is there also. Since he is love, he brings love to a group when you let him in it. The joy he brings is indescribable.
You know he is near when he speaks inaudibly to you about approaching someone near you who he wants you to talk with and tell them about God. When he leads you specifically to someone, that person will undoubtedly be interested in hearing about Jesus and probably will accept him right there while you are talking with someone.
I can remember a day long ago, when I was yet unmarried, my Aunt Hattie called me in the evening and told me that my grandfather was in a Jewish hospital. They had called her and told her my grandfather was dying and would not be alive by morning. When I heard her tell me that, I also heard Jesus tell me I was to go and visit him right away. I got in my car immediately and drove to Benjamin Rose hospital. When I got there, I parked at the side entrance of the parking lot.
I walked to the side entrance and entered what was the basement of the hospital. There was not a single person present or in sight. It was a dark hall, but there was light enough for me to see where I was. I noticed there were a couple of rooms, but no nurses around to care for my grandfather who was in one of the rooms.
I went into his room. He was lying on a gurney with a sheet over him. I approached him and said, “Grandpa, what are you doing here?” He was very disheveled and unclean. He tried to get himself up, and he spit at me a couple of times. I was shocked at his actions and called out,"Grandpa,this is Ethel.Aunt Hattie told me you were here.” I put my arms around him and kissed him and patted his head. I said, “Jesus sent me here to see you. What are you doing on this gurney? I then said to him, “Grandpa. Jesus loves you. He wants you to ask him to forgive your sins and accept him as your Savior. Do you want to receive him now as your savior? Grandpa said, “Such love. I can’t believe such love. Oh, my dear, there is such love. I said, Grandpa, pray with me and ask Jesus into your heart.” We prayed and asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins and come into his heart. I told him he belonged to Jesus now. I then asked him if there is anything I could do for him.
He told me that he needed to be cleaned in his private parts. I was young and unmarried. I did not know what to do, but Jesus helped me wash him and clean him. He had not been cleaned after having a bowel movement. When I had cleaned him, I realized he had a rash and was very red. I felt I had to put something on him to relieve the pain he must have felt.
There was no nurse around; there was no one in the hall. I told my grandpa I would be back and I went into the hall, looking for a place to get some cream for his soreness. I noticed there was another room there with a patient in it, but there was no visitor or nurse in his room. I then walked a little distance in the hall and saw a stairway, which I climbed, and at the top of the stairway there was a pharmacy. I went in and bought Johnson’s baby cream and baby powder and then started back to my grandfather’s room. There was no one else in the pharmacy and there was no one in the hall, nor was there anyone anywhere around. I felt as though my grandfather and this other man were abandoned.
I walked back through the silent unattended hall, and as I neared my grandfather’s room, I noticed the man in the other room now had a visitor who was attending to and talking to him. I went back to my grandfather and applied the cream and the baby powder. He said, “Oh, my dear, that feels wonderful.” He was all smiles now and was filled with the love of Jesus.
I spoke with the other man’s visitor and told him I was with my grandfather and had to return home. I asked him to tell a nurse to feed him because I thought he was hungry. He was very nice to me and I knew by his actions that he, too, was a Christian. I prayed and thanked God for him.
My Aunt Hattie called me the next morning and said: “Last night the hospital told me grandpa was dying and now this morning they told me to come and pick him up. He is well enough to go home. Can you imagine that?” I said, “Yes, I know. I was there last night and saw him.”
After that, every time I visited my aunt, my grandfather would light up and smile and say, “This is a wonderful day!
Praise the Lord. Jesus can do anything!
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