Helping others by listening to God

A couple of days ago, I had been admitted into the ER for some heart problems. My wife knows that once I am admitted into the hospital that I start scratching at the door to get out. My wife was unable to stay because of the coronavirus so she packed up all my clothes my shoes and took my wallet only leaving me with my cell phone that way she knew I would stay in the hospital. I have this problem that I really can’t stand and it’s the fact that I get wrapped up in my illnesses and become a huge crybaby. this affects my relationship with God because I don’t give it to him right away. I will wait for so long letting it all fester and combine until finally, I relinquish control. After a full day and night in the hospital, I started getting very irritated. I began walking up and down the Halls trying to get some exercise trying to take my mind off of everything. The path that I was walking was in the shape of an L and on the return trip to my bed I saw a very sad couple sitting there just staring at me every time I walk by. After the 6th or 7th time passing these people, God laid it on my heart to go and talk to them. So I went up and introduced myself to the young couple and ask them how their day was going. They had told me that their mother had had a heart operation and the very next day ended up having a heart attack, dying for 17 minutes, and was now in critical care. I asked if I could put them on the church’s prayer chain and they agreed, then I asked if I could pray with them. Just to look on their faces knowing that someone cared and was offering up a prayer was a great relief. I prayed with the young couple and decided to go back to my room. I had also decided that I was going to leave the hospital. All of a sudden I got a bunch of texts from friends family and loved ones through our church saying that they are glad that I am staying right where I am to receive help. I was released a couple of hours later and headed back home. A day later I had gone back to work and as I was working one of our homeless friends had seen me and was very excited asking me when I got out of the hospital and what had happened. She also said that she had to get well present for me sitting down there at the rescue mission. Karen and I both lead a Bible study group every Tuesday at the Oakdale rescue mission. We had started with one person that didn’t want to be there and over time God blessed us with 13 souls. sometimes it feels like you’re not getting through to anyone they don’t have looks on their faces of interest. A lot of them just sit quietly and look at the ground. That day I realized that through God we are touching so many people’s hearts. And the love that we show them will turn around and show others just as Jesus did with everyone in the Bible. She ran down to the rescue mission which was only a block away and retrieved the gift and brought it to me. Inside of a plastic bag wrapped with paper towels were two crosses with sayings on them, plus a card that was signed by a lot of our group. If you have any struggles worries fears or are stuck in bondage this morning please bow your head in prayer with me. Dear heavenly father today is a brand new day that we can be better Christians than we were the day before. You have wiped our slate clean after we have asked for forgiveness. Lord, we lay all of our struggles worries fears, and bondages at your feet today so that we can lighten our load. Allowing us to go out and help others. Thank you for always being with us in this and around us in Jesus’ precious name amen.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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