Yesterday I called one of my dearest friends, Rose, to tell her the news. Mark and I have known Rose and her family for 22 years. They took us in and loved on us when we were in our first full-time ministry position. They have loved my three children as their own. They were at the hospital for the birth of both of our girls. I had avoided making this phone call for a while. These aren’t phone calls I like to make.
Rose's response to my voice on the phone: “What a great surprise to talk to you!”
My thought: “Not so much, really,” knowing what I am about to tell her.
Of course, I made her day (said with much sarcasm!). I left her at work, heading out to show houses to clients, in tears. Great day. Thanks, Laura. She called me later and was still crying; I assured her that everything is going to be all right! And she assured me of the same thing!
Rose and her family lived through the nightmare and miracle of cancer just a couple of years ago. She called me back that night to share with me the verses she hung on to during that time:
"They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly." Psalm 112:7-8
"Miracles fill the space that is given to them. They can be as small as a twinkle or larger than the midnight sky. However, unlike dreams, miracles come to life. they are powered by the smile of an Almighty God and profoundly change all who are touched by them. Many have said, "Seeing is believing," when in reality just the opposite is true: "Believing is seeing." (Hope Rising by Kim Meeder)
Thank you, Rose, for reminding me again that our God is a God of miracles! I love you!
"What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see." Hebrews 11:1