Have you ever known God to get your attention despite everything that you may have done to avoid it? It happened to me.
One bright Summer morning, when I believed that I had not a care in the World, everything in my life suddenly changed. I heard words said to me that I never thought that I would hear. But that bright Summer morning is when everything changed. I was told: “You have cancer”.
After three surgeries, I was given time for R & R for my body to heal before chemotherapy started. During this time, I wandered into a church. Down on my knees I prayed: “God, help me to hear your voice”.
From where did I get that prayer? Had God gone so far as to help shape my prayer? Where had this thought come from: “Lord, help me to hear your voice”? This is where the story- a very true story- takes on this interesting twist.
In response to my prayer, my brain had a thought that I have never known to think of my own accord. It was a completely foreign thought- so, I can only surmise that maybe, just maybe, this was God talking to me. Here is what I heard: “Read the book: Jesus Calling”. Isn’t that the strangest thing? I didn’t know of this book: Jesus Calling. I had not been introduced to this book to the best of my knowledge. But- that is exactly what came to my brain as I said this prayer.
So, maybe you might be thinking that I went right out and bought the book: Jesus Calling. No, not me! I thought this Jesus Calling thing to be nonsensical and I tucked those words into the far reaches of my brain. I dusted the words away and I went off. I just let the whole thing drop in my mind and I left the memory of it all to wither in my past. I lacked understanding and comprehension of the very prayer that I asked God to help me with: “Let me hear your voice”.
But then, God is persistent.
About a month later, I had this memory rush forward in my mind when I opened my mailbox. Inside my mailbox I found a small package from an aunt with a book inside. It was a note of support. The book? You guessed it: Jesus Calling. There it was, a copy of that book that I had only recently heard about in this strange thought as I knelt in church. It was a real book and now by some strange coincidence, I was holding a copy of the book in my hands.
God – yes, He can be very insistent! In my case though, He has to work overtime! He had to hit me over the head!!
Then, about a week later, and a second copy of the book: Jesus Calling appeared in my mailbox from another person.
And wait for this- it didn’t end! Again and again the pattern repeated. I received another, then another, then another copy of the book- more and more copies of Jesus Calling.
I got something like 20 copies of the book. I got them in the mail. They were dropped off at the house. I had them personally presented. You name it! They kept coming! It happened over and over and over again. People told me that they continued to feel a need to go out and buy the book for me. They said that it was a “nagging” sense that they experienced as their minds told them: “Go and buy Catherine Jesus Calling”.
I have read the book, to be certain. I kept for myself a beautiful copy of the book. It has a pink leatherette cover.
The many other copies of the book I gave away. When I told someone about my experience, if a person remarked that they should read the book, I gave them a copy from my personal library. Yes, that library- complete with only one book: Jesus Calling.
Jesus Calling has a message of love for all people of every faith tradition.
God just has a way of getting our attention- despite everything we do! And me, I’m still asking for help to listen to His voice. Cancer free.
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