Samantha

Like so many others over the last twenty or so years, the phone call came out of the blue. It was a desperate cry for help — a matter of life and death. The call was from my friend Tim who is 6’3”, strong as an ox with a heart to match. Tim’s call was to request prayer for his beautiful four year old, Samantha, who was critically ill and facing emergency surgery within the hour.  Her infection was spreading so rapidly that the doctors were afraid that she might not survive the surgery; however, without it she would surely die. I felt both Tim’s frantic fear and boundless love for Samantha as he described the situation with a voice cracking with emotion. I promised I would pray for Samantha; I did as soon as I hung up the phone. For some reason I felt like things would go well.

Reflecting on the call I realized that only a man of great faith and dependence on God was likely to make that kind of request. It suddenly dawned on me that, during the call, not only did I sense Tim’s pain and fear but I felt his enormous faith. The call itself was God honoring and humbling for me. Later in the day I thankfully learned that the surgery was successful and that Samantha would be OK.

Were prayers responsible for Samantha’s recovery?  I’m not in a position to say.  Will it change this story to tell you that Samantha is a Miniature Schnauzer and not a little girl?  I hope not because the Bible says that doesn’t change things with God.

Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. 

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