Face to Face

It was about 10pm in the halls of a busy emergency room.  We were short on staff and long on tempers.  I felt alone and rejected by my colleagues.  What was I doing here?  Is this what I was supposed to be doing? Is this where I was supposed to be?

The one thing I knew to do – was pray.  “Lord, I said, you promised you’d never leave me.  You promised that I would not be
left as an orphan – and that you would protect and guide me.  Well, I need a little guidance.  You have to give me some sort of sign.  I have to know you are here.”

I walked by that same cubicle that I had walked by 30 times.  A little man was in there waiting on a transfer.  This time I looked and there was a woman sitting beside him.  And, I knew her!  My heart jumped!  “Well hello there!  How are you! I know you!”

“You think you know me?” she said with a gentle smile.  I said, “Of course, I know you!”

With eyes wide open, she said, “Where do you think you know me?”  “I don’t know!  I was fumbling. I couldn’t remember where I
had met her – but I knew her face!  “But I know you.”

After a moment of forever, she said, “Yes you know me…. because you see Him in me and I see Him in you.”

At that moment…I knew I had met God face to face.  He had sent me a sign.  He sent me Dora Hairston.  Dora and I held each other and laughed until we both had tears in our eyes.  She came into my life at a time when I needed to be reminded of His unfailing love and devotion.  He never said it would be easy out there. In fact, He warned us of the times to come.

When you know God and have a personal relationship with Him, it doesn’t mean your life will be free of worries.  It means you don’t have to carry them alone.  It means you will have a power greater than you are bringing you certainty in uncertainty, peace in turbulent times and companionship for eternity.

What I know for sure is that you have to expect Him to show up. When you are overwhelmed with insecurity, fear, anger or rejection, you must KNOW He will show Himself to you. It’s His promise.  And, while  people may disappoint you, He never will.

To all the Dora Hairston’s in this world – thank you.  Thank you for allowing God to work in and through you.  May He also work through me.

“And, He did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”  Matthew 13:58


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