Ever feel like you’re facing life alone? Like there’s no one there who really, truly is concerned for you? You may find your life filled with family and friends, but still feel like what you’re going through doesn’t seem to matter to them. We may not understand their response toward us or lack of it, but we can’t see what’s going on in the life of others. Most people are just trying to make it through life the best they can with what they know. We should always give others the benefit of the doubt and believe the best in them.

The great news is that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can comprehend. We are always on His heart. He never sets us aside to “take care of more important things”. Romans 8:27 says that His Spirit intercedes for us. The Holy Spirit is continuously lifting us up before the Father. I had an incident several years ago that made this very real for me. I often remember this for encouragement that He already has me covered.

I had been living in Houston, Texas for three months when I returned home to spend the holidays with my family. It was 1998 and I was in my first year of teaching and in a very exciting period in my life. The day was Sunday. I had gone to church earlier and shared all the new events that were unfolding in my life. After service, I went to spend the day with a family from the church who were very dear friends. I had a great visit and left with a heart very full of love and gratitude.

While driving home on a curvy road along the river towards Toledo. I saw a car speeding along a curve coming from the opposite direction. The driver lost control of the car and crashed into me head-on. Both cars were totaled. The other driver came out unharmed, but I had to be transported to the emergency room. I had a compound open fracture of my right leg, an open gash of my left knee and much bruising from the steering wheel.

My family met me at the hospital. It was very late in the evening and the doctor filled them in on my injuries. He told them that I would need a four hour surgery to repair my leg, but that I should be okay. My dad thanked the doctor, and my family said good-bye and that they’d come back to see me the next day. They then went home. As I was wheeled off into surgery I remember thinking “No one from my church is praying for me. My family doesn’t attend church and won’t contact them. I’m going into surgery with no prayer support. It’s just You and me, God.”

When I awoke the next morning in my hospital room, the first visitor I had was the Youth Pastor from my church. I was shocked that someone from my church even knew I’d been in an accident! As it turned out, a family from my church, had a personal ministry of listening to a police scanner on an emergency radio and praying over the people involved. As they heard the details about a female from Texas injured in an accident, they knew it was me. They called the church and left the message on the prayer line, and then prayed for me and for the surgery. The youth pastor prayed for me and after he left, I marveled at how God already had me covered with prayers from His people.

God is mysterious in His ways! Never underestimate the power of God! When other people fail you (and they will), God will never fail you or abandon you. As my pastor often says “He’s working things out on your behalf behind the scenes.” Whenever I begin to waver in my faith, I remember this story and am reassured that He’s already taken care of things for me, in any and every situation. Be blessed my friends and know: He already has you covered!

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