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WHEN GOD SHOWS UP

An excerpt from “Making Hospital Visits” by Jim Hughes


Interesting things happen when you make hospital visits, things that are not easily explained by skill, or preparation, or knowledge, or planning. For no good reason, you start in the middle of the list instead of at the top, and that person says, “You showed up at just the perfect moment because…”


Without any forethought or knowledge, you ask a question or make a remark, and the person you’re visiting says, “Wow, it’s amazing that you said that! I’ve been thinking about that all day.”


You sit down in the cafeteria for a quick lunch and end up striking up a conversation with someone at the next table. She pours out her heart to you about her troubles, and says, “I haven’t had anyone to talk about this with.”


You see, none of us are good enough to make those kinds of things happen on a regular basis. Maybe by chance something like that could happen once in a lifetime. When it happens repeatedly, you need an explanation.


Here’s mine. Someone bigger, wiser, and more knowledgeable than we are has become involved. Jesus made this seemingly outrageous claim one day: “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20)  And He is.

©2009, James W. Hughes. All rights reserved.  Originally published at http://difficultseasons.com




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