Every once in a while I learn of an occasion when God talks with someone, in an audible voice. Here is a vivid example.
A nursing home was being closed by the state. A lady I shall call Gwen was called to assess some residents of the home, to see if they could be transferred into an alternative nursing home which was partly owned by Gwen. Gwen was accompanied by Jodie who was also a Christian.
When they arrived for the assessment it became a tearful scene. Some of the residents were crying. “Please take me to your nursing home. I don’t want to move out of town”. Family members were crying. “Please take my mom or my dad”. Gwen and Jodie were crying. “How are we able to choose?”
Gwen had always told God that she didn’t have enough faith in herself. “If You are going to speak to me, I need to be able to hear You,” she would say. As Gwen and Jodie were leaving the building, still crying, Gwen heard in a loud voice, Take Care of My People. Gwen and Jodie looked at each other. Gwen said “Did you hear that?” Jodie confirmed the voice through tears, “He said Take Care of My People”.
The two women freaked out. First, that both had heard God speak. But second, because they had only 5 beds in their nursing home, while there were 18 residents who needed to be transferred.
On the very next day the nursing home that was to be closed was put up for sale. Gwen and her mom were eventually able to purchase the home, and allow the residents to stay there. Take Care of My People.
An incident like this is called an epiphany. Mother Teresa had an epiphany while a young woman (a catholic nun) riding a train in India. God indicated she should help the “poorest of the poor” in India. She began her ministry by teaching children from the slums. Her first school-room was outdoors beneath a tree, and her marker was a stick scratching in the dirt. Epiphanies are rare events in which direction from God is clear, with little uncertainty. However it still takes courage for humans to make it happen.
According to one source: Jesus spoke to Mother Teresa and told her to work in the slums of Calcutta aiding the city’s poorest and sickest people. “I want Indian Nuns, Missionaries of Charity, who would be my fire of love amongst the poor, the sick, the dying, and the little children,” she heard Jesus say to her on the train that day. “You are I know the most incapable person – weak and sinful but just because you are that – I want to use you for My glory.”
Gwen’s real name is Staci, and many of you know her. And Jodie’s real name is Pam. Staci, who I know personally, still has a passion for helping the elderly. But she was stalled by two things. The first was an aggressive breast cancer, plus removal by operation, and ensuing treatments by chemo and radiation which she is undergoing now. The second was she has recently been released from her job as Administrator of an Assisted Living establishment.
Please say a prayer for Staci, that God will open up a way so that she can continue to Take Care of My People. A note such as Sundays for Staci on the refrigerator would be a helpful reminder.
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Thank you Staci for allowing me to write and post this story.
And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall constantly behold your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left. (Book of Isaiah, chapter 30).
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