Activated - - NEWS - By Gabriel Gar­cía Val­divieso

Not long ago, some friends of ours wanted to move to an­other coun­try to ex­plore new work pos­si­bil­i­ties and be closer to their fam­ily. Though they had count­less dif­fi­cul­ties through­out their prepa­ra­tions, in­clud­ing a last-minute com­pli­ca­tion at the air­port, with the sup­port of friends and the power of prayer, their move was a suc­cess. They reached their goal and now are try­ing their wings on new hori­zons. I’ve of­ten told my friends and ac­quain­tances who long to travel or live some other dream: put your de­sires in God’s hands, be­cause He knows your heart and de­lights to see you happy.

This sum­mer, we were puz­zling as to how to re­ceive our daugh­ter and her fam­ily to spend sum­mer va­ca­tion with us. Sev­eral un­ex­pected in­con­ve­niences had arisen in our condo and we had no space to re­ceive them. We com­mit­ted the prob­lem to God, and sud­denly the an­swer seemed to fall from the sky: a neigh­bor­ing cou­ple moved and left an empty bun­ga­low just me­ters away from our home. It was a sign of God’s love in an­swer to our prayers. We had a mar­velous visit and a great sum­mer.

Some­times God uses the most un­ex­pected means to help and en­cour­age us. We had been pray­ing for a friend, who af­ter sev­eral ro­man­tic disappointments fell into a 1. 1 John 4:16 NIV deep de­pres­sion. One day as she was walk­ing close to the univer­sity where she works, she found an aban­doned dog. She heard an in­ter­nal voice urg­ing her to pick it up and she de­cided to adopt it, even though she lived in a cramped apart­ment. This dog turned out to be a pre­cious un­ex­pected gift from God and has played a de­ci­sive role in her emo­tional heal­ing.

We re­cently dis­cov­ered that my wife, Sally, had a breast tu­mor. As soon as we found out, we be­gan a prayer chain and re­ceived tremen­dous emo­tional and spir­i­tual sup­port from our friends. From ev­ery cor­ner of the world came man­i­fes­ta­tions of kind­ness, sol­i­dar­ity, and sup­port in prayer. The tu­mor was re­moved and Sally re­cu­per­ated quickly. Ev­ery step of the way we felt the com­pany and lov­ing pres­ence of Je­sus who smoothed the path be­fore us.

I be­lieve that it is through the tests of life that we can per­ceive more clearly the di­vine love of God, and that He works through many dif­fer­ent chan­nels to show His care. “We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Who­ever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”


Gabriel Gar­cía Val­divieso is the edi­tor of the Span­ish edi­tion of Ac­ti­vated and a mem­ber of the Fam­ily In­ter­na­tional in Chile.

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