TWO HEARTS COLLIDE

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

Ephesians 1:3

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January 28, a Sunday evening, I’m sitting in my office reading my Prayer 101 book. I am  meditating on who God is, do I believe in Him and do I believe Him and all that He says in His Word, when I get a text from a Connection that I made several weeks ago through volunteering with the Elevation Online Welcome Team. He is in desperate need of prayer because there has been a horrific accident in his family. Attached to his text was a news article of what took place in the backyard. I’m horrified and saddened by this information. I immediately respond to him:

Oh my goodness!! I am so sorry! I will get this out to my Team so that we can stand together with you in prayer. May God be with you and your family.

Feeling strength from Matthew 18:19:

I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in Heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.

I contact my fellow Elevation volunteers and we begin to pray!

I met this Connection, via text, on the 7th of January. I spoke with him on the 11th of January and we had a pleasant conversation. I instantly felt his gentle, kind spirit on the other side. He spoke of his love of God, his mentor, and his calling to the ministry. I remember how struck I was with him–so young and strong in faith. The Lord surely must have big plans for him.

I prayed for him during my times of quiet, along with my other Connections. On January 21st, I received another fourteen people to call and congratulate on their decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior! With each new phone call, I could feel the Holy Spirit’s strength building within me. I was actually looking forward to conversation and prayer with new believers. The fear and apprehension seemed to be fading and for this I was thankful!

After receiving my Connection’s text, in regards to his family’s tragic accident, I became completely invested in him and his current situation. Later that day (January 28th) I received an update. The man that he looked up to and loved was now in a coma.

I responded to his feelings of loss and confusion. He wasn’t sure if he would be heard when visiting. I am most certain that he will be heard and I told him this via text:

I believe he can still hear you even if he is in a coma. I believe it is best for him to be in this state. The Lord says “REST” and while your loved one is resting, God is working. Hold his hand and speak God’s Word and if you can’t find the words, read them!! We will be praying!!

Psalm 4:8:

In peace I will lie down and sleep.
For you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe

I spoke to this young man the following day and he was hopeful and excited. There was a promising response from his family member when he entered the room.  

I received a photo following our conversation of the man that I and others were praying for:

I love this photo!! Thank you for sending. I see lots of love, kindness, joy and gentleness in his face!! He is indeed a special man!! May God continue to bless him and heal him!! Thank you for sharing what’s been happening. I feel absolutely privileged and honored to be included in this battle with you and your family. Many prayers!!

And I mean this! I have been invited to text, talk, and pray with another human being that is in the depths of despair. I am trusted with his story, his love of God, and his tears of pain. I believe there is no greater “love” than this. Love of people, understanding what each individual is going through and lifting them as they tackle their daily challenges. Celebrating with them when life is good. It is not easy to live on this earth but it is certainly a bit more tolerable when surrounded by godly support, encouragement and prayers! I am incredibly thankful that I can be of service. It is absolutely amazing to watch and be a part of what God is doing in the lives of His people!

On the morning of January 30th, I woke to a message that things were fatal.

I reassured this kind and worried soul that I was home and that if he needed to talk or pray to please give me a call and he did! I have to say, in all honesty, I’d rather text. I secretly hoped that I could continue praying on my own because I was fearful of prayer with others. I did not want to fail this person!! I did not want him to call. Not because I didn’t care but because I did not want to make a mess!!

At the time of his phone call, I was actually feeling a little aimless. I had three days off from work and I was listening to Focus on the Family on His Radio. When my phone chimed, I glanced down at the number and didn’t recognize it right away. It wasn’t until I looked at where it was coming from, that I knew. I jumped up and answered. He was difficult to understand due to his distraught state. Honestly, I caught bits and pieces and was able to gather that his loved one was not doing well. His vitals had dropped to dangerous numbers and they weren’t sure that he would pull through.

I so desperately wanted to reach through that phone and hug him. I grasped at the right words to say because I wanted to end his sorrow and sadness. I felt completely useless and it was in my highest moment of desperation that I heard the Holy Spirit speak within me. I even craned my head a little to the left for better auditory direction:

Racinda, close your mouth and listen to him. Let him speak!

So, I closed my mouth and did my best to listen to the voice on the other end of the phone and then–clear as a bell I heard:

I need prayer!!

If you have been following my blog, you already know that I’m challenged vocally, especially when it comes to praying for others, which is why I’ve enrolled in this Prayer 101 class through a local church.

My heartbeat was in my throat and I truly felt like I could throw up. This lovely, upset human being was calling on me to pray for him and I wanted him to feel the comfort and absorb the love of Jesus. Could I do it? There was no time to think things through. I launched into prayer without consulting the Holy Spirit first—Heavenly Father, thank you for this opportunity to pray–and then my words were gone. Weakly, without no other hope, I silently and out loud called on the Holy Spirit:

Move me out of the way and give me words of strength and comfort so that when I speak, this young person who is so incredibly upset over the possible loss of his family member can feel that you are indeed with him and his family. I want to overwhelm him with You! Your love, peace, comfort, guidance, presence…help me!

Romans 8:26,27

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

I prayed and I can’t even remember what I said. I heard a thank you, I have to go and then we hung up.

I did not feel remorse or regret over what I said because I know that the words that came out of my mouth were not my own. I know that whatever was said was said to perfection because it was not me speaking. I do believe, in that moment, that Jesus took over and that He gave peace and strength to my friend. The call ended in a renewed Energy and for this I am grateful.

It isn’t just me in prayer! There are so many others pleading and begging God to change the course of this accident. Prayers for freedom, mercy, grace and instant healing! In a follow up conversation later in the day, great relief was expressed because now, my brother in Christ, realizes that he has a local church family. The support and love has been amazing!

I woke the following morning to a text that the battle was over. Jesus has reached down from the heavens and pulled this lovely, gentle man upwards. There isn’t a hope here. There is great peace in this decision.

I responded in an email with the above photo attached:

I am thinking and praying for you and your family! I pray God blesses and keeps you and your family peaceful throughout this time of sadness!

I love your strong, sweet spirit. I just know God has good things in store for you! When you are standing before the masses speaking His Mighty Word, please don’t forget to invite me!! My brother in law took this photo and sent it to me last night. I was in awe of the beauty. It spoke volumes and I know it will do the same for you!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Esphesians 1:3

In His Love,
Racinda

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This post is in loving memory of this family! I pray that as you read this that you truly feel the love of God. He is at work in each of our lives. Sometimes we see and sometimes we don’t. It is for our own good. This is the beauty of Jesus–He knows the beginning, the middle and the end! And we all have them! God Bless!!

4 thoughts on “TWO HEARTS COLLIDE

  1. Carl February 8, 2018 / 3:09 am

    Beautiful story Racinda!

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    • Racinda Chave February 13, 2018 / 6:42 pm

      Thank you Carl! I appreciate your positive, encouraging comments! You are blessing!!

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  2. Morgan February 8, 2018 / 8:13 am

    What a perfect story 🙂 I love that you can see the “invisible hand of God” woven throughout. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Racinda Chave February 13, 2018 / 6:41 pm

      Thank you Morgan! I appreciate your encouraging comments and your faithful friendship.

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