“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
The mother hung up the phone and moved away from the busyness of the home. She moved away from the hustle and bustle of the children. She moved away from the lights and the commotion. She opened the door and sat on the porch in the darkness. The stars were just coming out; the moon just coming over the horizon. There was a stillness in the air. An expectation. She sat and waited. “Where are you?” she asked. There was no response.
Then the mother cried out to the one she was waiting for “Why has this happened to this child? Why have you allowed her to suffer so? Why Lord, Why?” Tears began to flow and sobs erupted from deep within her soul. As the sobs consumed her, she felt the in flooding of warmth, the feeling of being enveloped by peace. And with that, her sobs subsided. She turned her heart to God and lifted the child to the Throne of the Almighty and her heart poured out her anguish in a silent unintelligible release – God’s Holy Spirit praying for the mother when human words were inadequate.
As the Spirit and the Mother prayed as one, she felt the words form in her heart and transfer to her mouth. She heard herself start to pray for peace to be one with the child, for hope to be restored – for love to be deeply seeded – for God to raise up persons to support and encourage and love the child.
And as she opened her eyes, she gasped as millions of lights lit up the countryside. Lightning bugs swarmed around her and as far as she could see – enveloping her in a cacophony of light. She felt like she was in the midst of angels – and then she knew that God had provided for the child in ways unimaginable to the mother, in ways of protection and guidance, in ways of hope and understanding; in ways of love and peace.
There was no need to worry or fear for God knew and knows all. She knew God had heard and answered her prayers. She knew that the child would be all right. She knew that she knew not how but she trusted in the one who knew. She let go and sat in the wonder of His presence. She thanked Him for sharing His light with her, for confirming His love in such an incredible display.
Then she got up and in the midst of the light moved to the door, turning once again to take in the unimaginable. With a deep sigh, she returned to the noise and activity of her life, once again filled with the joy of knowing God was truly an awesome God.
May God’s joy fill you this week in ways that are unimaginable and inexplicable.