I’ve never been quite as proud of my sister as I am right now. Amidst the chaos of trying to organize her family’s schedule for the next week (my nieces’ school and extra-curricular schedules, their family and friend babysitters, errands she needed to run, who was going to stay in the room with Chase…), she busted into a testimony of God’s faithfulness in answering prayer.
Shelby had broken down in frustration of her world being turned upside down. Shelby was sick of having to commute an hour to school from her aunts, having to eat fast food all the time, having to synchronize her schedule with loads of external factors… “I liked my life the way it was,” she said in tears. “I liked being able to see my friends and have fun with them.”
“I know,” said Andrea. “It’s hard and we don’t know how long this will take. Probably months.”
Then she laid it out there–the work God had been doing in her life through prayer. She let Shelby and the rest of us know that with everything she had been doing, she had been relying on the Lord’s strength. He had been faithful in answering her prayers for Chase’s life, for positive news, for the ability to sleep, for endurance in being by Chase’s side. She had prayed against the panic attacks she was susceptible to and they had even gone away.
It was awesome; I got tingly.
“We have to take it one day at time and rely on his strength for everything because we can’t do it on our own. He’s answered each of my prayers so far.”
Does this whole scenario sound familiar…? Like a prayer request I sent out to many of you only a few days ago? I asked the faithful to pray that Andrea and Grant would begin to clearly see God’s hand at work in this situation. It’s one of those prayers that are clearly within God’s will that we know he wants to answer.