May 22, 2012
There are times in our lives when we know that we are being prayed for. There are other times when we need to audibly hear those prayers. Yesterday was one of those days. I am going on week two of my first chemo treatment. It has not gone as well as predicted. Issues have come up that I could not even imagine. I have made unplanned trips to the oncologist, gone home with my daughter for some TLC; called my wonderful sister for more TCL and finally called a few prayer warriors to come and pray over me. It was a day that I needed to hear my name being lifted up before the throne of God not just know in my heart or my head that people were praying. With my sister at my feet embracing baby, Jay and my two chosen people at my side I was ministered to and prayed over. When they entered my sister’s home one friend said, “What a privilege to be asked to pray for you. I have my big girl panties on and we are not going to cry.” She says this all the while her own eyes fill with tears. I laugh and cry at the same time reveling in her embrace and reply, “Oh, yes today we WILL cry.” My shoulders racked while emotions poured out of me. I not only cried; I sobbed. Even baby Jayden knew the importance of those prayers for his Aunt Nicki and never even whimpered as these beautiful ladies touched me not only with their hands but with their hearts and souls as well. It truly is a privilege to pray with someone and I wonder why more people do not pray for one another. Perhaps they feel embarrassed to pray out loud in their presence; worrying that the words won’t sound right or they will be judged for the lack of eloquence in their praying. However, God knows the utterings and groaning in our hearts and there is no sweeter sound than prayer to His ears. When the three of us finished praying they had me watch a UTube video of a lady singing “Till the storm passes by.” My Bible has words written all over it; in the margins and the front and back covers. I opened my Bible today and read these words I have written inside its cover years ago; “When the storms are raging around us and things seem darkest, we can either look at the waves of our circumstances and sink or we can either look to HIM and rise above them. He has the power to quiet the storms of our lives. But HE can go beyond that and quiet the storms of our hearts, bringing calmness and quietness.” Yes, until the storm passes by.