As I sat in the crowded waiting room of my doctor's office, I was anticipating another routine, monthly check-up. I was pregnant and due to give birth in August. The door to the waiting room opened and out came a woman who had just had her appointment. I looked up from my magazine and caught a glimpse of this woman. She was in tears and she wasted no time getting out of that office as quickly as she could.
Without speaking to this woman, I knew instantly why she was crying; she just received the devastating news that she had lost her baby because of a miscarriage. I was very familiar with her tears because before this pregnancy, I had experienced two miscarriages.
Immediately, my heart went out to this woman. The Holy Spirit was telling me to get up and follow her out of the office so I could pray with her. I wish I could report that I obeyed His call. I reasoned in my own mind with thoughts of, "don't do it…this is none of your business" and "what if she says no to you when you offer to pray for her…than how foolish will you feel?" I justified my non-action with, "I'll just pray for her to myself." I took the safe road; which of course, in my case led me to feeling like I had missed another divine appointment the Holy Spirit had for me.
I did pray for her and as I anticipated, I had a very good, routine check-up. As I got in my car to run some errands, I was still upset with myself for missing my chance to pray for her. I ran into my first store and was ready to pay for my things. I looked up as I heard the ring of the bell when the door to the store opened up. And who do you think walked into this store? It was the SAME WOMAN who I had just seen at the doctor's office! I immediately said, "Okay, God…you are giving me a second chance and I will not let this opportunity pass."
I made my purchase and I was on a mission to find this woman! When I found her in the corner of the store, I knew that God had set this up like only He could. As I approached her with anticipation and nervousness, I prayed to myself. "Lord, please give me the words."
I tapped her on the shoulder and she was still outwardly emotional with the news she had just received. I explained to her that I had just seen her in the doctor's office and that I felt that God had wanted me to pray for her back in the office and didn't and now He had given me another opportunity. I asked her if there was anything I could pray for? She began to sob, telling me what I already knew; she had lost her baby after just joyfully announcing she was expecting to her entire family; including her toddler at home, the day before.
So, in the corner of this store, we stood there hugging and crying together as if we had known one another for years and years. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I managed to get some words out and did end up praying for her. I was able to share with her that I knew, from experience exactly what she was going through. We said good-bye and as I walked out of that store, I knew that my Father was blessed with what He just saw take place!
As always, when I pray with and for others, it is me that gets the blessing when I decide to obey, get over myself and do His will.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance of the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this? Esther 4:14