Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Have You Sought the Lord Daily Like Manna? by Zoe M. McCarthy

The Gathering of the Manna
Bernardino Luini [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
God sent manna from heaven, giving wandering Israelites life. He similarly sent Jesus from heaven, giving believers everlasting life. Just as God directed Israelites to seek manna daily, He’s directed us to seek Him daily. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

I sought God continually the amazing week of my mother’s salvation.

At age 91, partially paralyzed, quiet, yet strong-willed Mom became angry about living in her debilitated, dignity-challenged state. She wanted to die. I believed God was giving her time to accept His offer of painless eternity with Him.

After she’d battled an infection, I arranged to visit her in the nursing home. The day before my flight, I attended a new Bible study and asked for prayer for Mom.

The leader prayed a powerful prayer claiming Matthew 18:19*. She issued this prophecy while the women vocally agreed:

  • Mom’s salvation was done and would be manifested.
  • God would bind Satan from interfering.
  • Every Christian who entered Mom’s room would proclaim Jesus Christ.
  • God would send an angel with me.
  • All would be well.

I left the study doubting I fully believed the prophecy would happen. I believed I needed to overcome my unbelief.

The NIV Life Application Bible commented about *Matthew 18:19: “Two or more believers, filled with the Holy Spirit, will pray according to God’s will, not their own; thus the request will be granted.” After reading that, I sought God continually.

Fulfillment of the Prophecy:

  • The first two days before Mom’s salvation, my morning devotionals delivered specific scriptures about women and others agreeing and God doing what they asked, e.g. Philippians 4:2 and Amos 3:3. After her salvation, the verses focused on being fully convinced that God is able, faithful, and does what he pleases.
  • That evening when I entered Mom’s room, a Gideon New Testament surprisingly lay on her roll table. She was too sleepy to talk.
  • The next morning, I knew, like Jehoshaphat, I was to sit still and watch God fight Mom’s salvation battle.
  • Mom asked me to find Romans in the Gideon Bible. I did. Then she asked me to find underlined passages. I did.
  • The day before, a therapist on her last day working at the nursing home had underlined Romans 10:9 for Mom. If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. I asked Mom, “Do you believe that?” She nodded.
  • Mom said a Gideon had visited and given her the New Testament.
  • During Mom’s salvation moments, no one entered the room like they repeatedly did on past visits.
  • When I wondered whether Mom’s nods were enough, my brother-in-law, unaware of my concern, answered my email about Mom’s salvation: “Don’t be discouraged… She ‘is’ saved!”
  • Later, I learned that on Mom’s salvation morning, my sister attended a prayer meeting and 21 people prayed for Mom. Then my sister went to a Bible study and 15 people prayed for Mom. Also, a woman from my new Bible study lifted up Mom at church.
  • During my last night with Mom, her favorite CNA joined us. She said she often told Mom about Jesus. She sat on the bed and gently sang hymns into Mom’s failing ears. (Mom died 5 months later.)

While I daily sought and gathered God’s manna that week, the prophecy was completely fulfilled. Now, I want to seek God continually.
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Zoe M. McCarthy
Zoe M. McCarthy believes the little known fact that opposites distract. Thus, she spins Christian contemporary romances entangling extreme opposites. Her tagline is: Distraction to Attraction, Magnetic Romances Between Opposites. Now retired actuaries, Zoe and her husband evaluated the financial risks for insurance companies. Nick, in Zoe’s debut novel, Calculated Risk, is an actuary. Christian Fiction Online Magazine published two of her short stories. Zoe self-published two books of contemporary Christian short stories. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys leading workshops on the craft of writing; speaking about her faith; planning fun events for her 5 grandchildren; and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she lives with her husband, John.

Learn more about Zoe M. McCarthy at her website: http://zoemmccarthy.com

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8 comments:

  1. What great encouragement for those of us with elderly parents who aren't saved, Zoe! I loved the part about needing to be still while God fought the battle.

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    1. Sandra, that was all God-not to ask about the Bible, not to grab it and open it, not to...

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  2. Zoe, what a beautiful story! Wow - the power of prayer. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, Dawn. God's manna is perfect return for seeking Him. He knew what kind I needed and the kind Mom needed.

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  3. Zoe, thanks for the encouraging words. I have so many family members who don't know Jesus.

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    1. Terri, I do too. After seeing the War Room, I'm fighting harder for them in prayer.

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  4. Thank you for the practical reminder, which turns beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, LoRee. Mom's salvation was and is beautiful.

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