MES­SAGES AR­RIVE ON HIS TIME

Simple Grace - - You’re Never Alone -

“My daugh­ter, Anna, had an im­por­tant psy­chol­ogy exam that she’d been stress­ing about for a full month. The day of the exam, I fid­geted at work all morn­ing—I was so ner­vous for her, it felt like I was the one tak­ing the test! Right when I got out my cell phone to send Anna a bit of en­cour­age­ment, my boss started tex­ting me non­stop. She had an ap­point­ment down­town so she was re­motely check­ing on things at the of­fice and ver­i­fy­ing her sched­ule for the week. I grew frus­trated. I wanted to give my daugh­ter com­fort, of­fer ad­vice and cheer, ‘Go, Anna!’ one more time be­fore her exam…not deal with busi­ness.

“While send­ing my boss the in­for­ma­tion she needed, the per­fect words sud­denly came to me to send Anna. Hur­riedly, I texted, ‘You don’t have to be ner­vous…just tell your­self the words from Philip­pi­ans 4:13…I can do all things through Christ who strength­ens me.’ I pushed send and went back to my work, but within sec­onds my boss texted me again…and this time her words caught me by sur­prise. ‘How did you know?’ she asked. ‘I didn’t tell any­one I was at my doc­tor’s of­fice to dis­cuss the re­sults of a biopsy. That’s my fa­vorite Scrip­ture and now I feel stronger. Thank you for re­mind­ing me God is with me!’

“With tears in my eyes, I re­al­ized I’d ac­ci­den­tally sent her the text I had meant for Anna, but then I re­al­ized…it wasn’t an ac­ci­dent af­ter all. God knows who needs en­cour­age­ment and knows ex­actly the right time to send it. And my spirit soared with joy that He used me to make sure that His mes­sage of love got de­liv­ered!”

—JoAnn So­lis, 47, New­town, CT

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