Every day I spoke to my friend Karen on the phone, I could hear the pain and sorrow in her voice. She was struggling with her husband being in the hospital for such a long period of time. She felt like her hands were tied, and the hopelessness started spreading through her mind. Karen and her husband Gary were childhood sweethearts, and you could tell that they weren’t just a great married couple but the best of friends as well. My wife and I love hanging out with them because they’re fun to be around and are positive role models for us, giving us something to look forward to in our future. I know deep down in my heart that I would do whatever it took for my wife to be happy and to help her through whatever it is that she’s going through, so my heart hurt seeing Karen in so much pain. One day, however, Karen truly surprised me. We were speaking on the phone, and you could hear a change in her voice and outlook on her husband’s predicament. She proceeded to tell me that night, she surrendered her husband to God. She told me that she was being prayerful, just as we were praying for her, with all of our friends from church, but it wasn’t enough. She told me that she had to realize that there was absolutely nothing for her to be able to do for Gary, and there was no reason to fret about it. She prayed to God, lifting Gary to him and taking her hands off his body. She told God that she trusted him completely with her husband’s life and that she no longer wanted to worry about it. As soon as this happened, the healing process started. The doctors had fixed Gary up and eventually sent him home to be with the love of his life. This story doesn’t just remind me of true love but steadfast, unbreakable, and unmovable faith. Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. Mark 11:22-24 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly, I tell you, if you say to this mountain,’ Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and do not doubt in your heart but believe what you say will happen, it will be done for you. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Matthew 17:20 He replied, “because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,’ Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”. Most of us want to have some control over things in our life, but for us to excel in our walk with God, we must be able to relinquish that control and have faith in the one who created our entire universe. The one who gave up his only begotten son so we can have a future with him. I challenge you to have a closer walk with God by increasing your faith in him today. Don’t be afraid to ask God to help increase your faith in him. He will show you how. Have a great day, and God bless.
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. View more posts