A few weeks ago I met the most amazing Christian woman. I attended a conference in Nashville and she was my roommate. The more we talked and got to know each other, the more we seemed to click. Before we parted ways she told me that she was committing to fast and pray for me for 3 days each month. This touched me so deeply. I had never had anyone to pledge to do that for me and this act of sacrifice and love was so heartfelt. We had just met after all.
Earlier this week I received an email from this special friend that she was beginning her time of fasting and prayer and wanted to know if I had any specific needs or prayer requests. I replied that I would appreciate prayers for my upcoming surgery. She replied back that she would be in prayer for me and that she had neglected to tell me earlier, but that God had given her a promise for me earlier that morning. The verse was Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you."
I was so touched that she sent this to me. I knew that this was truly from God, given what I have been dealing with.
Later that evening I was reading a book for a blog review and it was about an Amish couple that were newlyweds. I got to the very end of the book and about 3 pages from the end, there it was again. Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." Hmmm...strange. I guess God wanted me to be sure to pay attention so he gave me the verse twice. I had been doing pretty well with feeling peaceful about this upcoming surgery, knowing that He is in control and giving it back to Him again and again, when I do start to feel anxious.
Yesterday morning as I was reading my daily devotion in Jesus Calling, there is was again! Isaiah 26:3. It was at this point that I KNEW this was a promise from God if only I will trust in Him. God wants me to meditate on this verse and feel His peace.
I have begun to get a little nervous and worried again. As it gets closer, I just want it to be over. This must be the reason God gave this verse to me 3 times. He knew that I would need to have it ingrained in my mind and embossed on my heart so that when the nerves do kick in, I will remember that God promises His peace, perfect peace.
I thank God for my new friend and her heart for Him. I thank Him for using her to shine down His love and peace upon me and I know that He has promised to keep me in perfect peace because I trust in Him.