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Impeccable Timing!
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“I made known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isaiah 46:10).

Working in a Christian hospital in the area of pastoral care, I try to make it a habit of going to the hospital chapel each morning to pray for my patients, my friends, family, and especially for the Spirit to guide me in the direction that He wants me to go.

As I was praying on this particular morning, I heard a woman behind me gently sobbing as she sat in the pew. I immediately stopped what I was doing and began to pray for her, that God would comfort her in whatever she was going through, that God would grant her peace and remind her that He is there with her.

After that short prayer I turned around to let her know that I was praying for her, but to my dismay she was gone. I ran out of the chapel and tried to locate her. I walked through a bunch of hallways asking God to help me find this woman so I could let her know she wasn’t alone. After searching for a while I finally gave up. With such a big hospital, it would be pretty hard to find her. Yet I remembered Isaiah 46:10.  It bounced around in my head.

God knew. I was confident that God would use someone somewhere to remind her of His love in due time.

Answered Prayer

About half an hour later I went up to my floor to begin my visits. As I was washing my hands and whispering a silent prayer, I saw someone from the corner of my eye to my left. I was in shock! It was the woman from the chapel! What amazes me the most is that I had never seen her on that floor before.

I didn’t hesitate to tell her, “I saw you in the chapel this morning and I wanted you to know that I have been praying for you. You are not alone. God is with you and I have been fervently praying for you today.” Her face brightened up and she smiled in gratitude.

What a perfect God we serve! A bunch of phrases of praise came to my head as I ran back down to my office to type this out: “Perfect God, Sovereign Coordinator of All, Supreme and Most Excellent Lord, Amazing and Awesome Father”, and the list goes on and on and on.

His plans are perfect and His timing is impeccable! 

We serve a great, wonderful and purposeful God. The Sovereign God tells the world today:  “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isaiah 46:10).

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