Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The messenger

Today God sent me an angel in the body of a head charge nurse.

In the midst of my tears. In the midst of writing a resignation I didn't want to write, He sent this employee I hardly knew into my office.

She didn't know my situation. She didn't ask for details. She didn't even mind that I sat there looking like I'd lost the biggest battle of my life.

But she said what I needed to hear most. I had support. I had friends. And that I better not give up the fight. That I better hang on because there were others like me.

Yeah. I believe God sent this woman to me in my lowest hour. Because as soon as she left my office, I stuffed the letter into my notebook and prepared myself for a meeting I didn't want to attend. One I didn't want to cry at.

And I didn't. Cry that is. Nope. God game me composure and the words I needed.

You know how I knew God sent her?

Cause when I finally returned home tonight to open my e-mails, I found the prayers. I found the notes from blogger friends saying they prayed for me today and I couldn't even remember asking for them.

God is working miracles even through the hard times. Especially through the hard times.

When was the last time you knew God sent someone to minister to you?

40 comments:

Lin Floyd said...

interesting post, hope it's going better for you at work. I'm sure you have much to contribute or you wouldn't have been lead to that job. Yes, God does send others to comfort us...

Karen Lange said...

What a blessing for you, Terri, to know God is working and ordering your steps and situations around you. He counts you worthy to go through these challenges. Will be praying for you.
Hugs and blessings,
Karen

Carmen said...

Hi Terri,
Just when you needed it most! Something tells me that one day you'll be able to be that angel for someone else. God is SO good, isn't he?!

Journaling Woman said...

Every day.

Nancy said...

Terri - So glad God sent someone to encourage you. I know you're growing stronger because of these times. Already prayed for you today and I hope your day is a good one tomorrow.

Janna Qualman said...

Well, I'm not as good at this as I wish to be. I wanted to send you a message earlier today, tell you how much I miss you, but I never did. I wish I'd listened to His timely prodding. How I wish I'd done that before now.

I'm so sorry for your anguish today. But so thankful for that angel in disguise. She was perfect. Keep your chin up, Terri, you know why? Because you're a blessing to the others there, I know it. Stay strong. *hugs*

Anonymous said...

I am crying, I don't know why. Touched by your post. I am probably a million miles from you, but feel close. Saving your blog to fav. Thanks

Mike

Jessica said...

Wow, I must've missed a post. :-( I'm so sorry Terri, but yes, it's really wonderful how God cares for us. I hope you have a peaceful, restful night.

mamabear said...

I am in awe of what you write today. While I was nursing the baby earlier today, you came to my mind out of the blue. I prayed. I could only think God had reason to bring you to mind. Instantly I knew you were in a very difficult, emotionally taxing work environment, and that you needed encouragement.

After having my own difficult day, it was such an encouragement to read this tonight after the kids were in bed, and be reminded once again how amazing and faithful God is to us.

I want to say how sorry I am that the job is so taxing. Remember this day, and know that God never asked you to endure it alone. He will carry you.

Much Love!

Shelley said...

In all honesty, I don't know when the last time was that God sent someone to minister to me. I know He has, but I'm just not aware of it. Time for me to open my eyes and start looking for how God is working in my life, instead of just wishing He'd send someone to me, for whatever reason, to help.

AnooCre8ion said...

Terri, one thing we have to realize is that tough times doesn't change God's position. He is always there with you. He opened this door for you because He knows that you have in you what they need at that nursing home.
Some through the water, some through the flood, some through the fire, but all through the blood.
You are covered. You are covered by the blood of Jesus and you are covered by our prayers.
You are able to do it because you have the power of God at work in you.
Thank God for sending that angel with the word that you needed just at that time.

Blessings,
Vickie

Nicole said...

Thank God for his ministering angels. This is why it is so important for us as believers to be obedient when God tells us to do something. Yes, I have had an angel just a few Sundays ago and what a blessing they were to me!

sarah said...

Hey...just wanted to say..have the best day ever Terri...

Technonana said...

OH HE IS SOOO FAITHFUL!!! And He lavishes His love on us EVERYDAY!!
Isn't He just too wonderful for words!!
To answer your question... last night as I read a friends email to me!
Keep holding on to His hand.. as one of my young bloggy friends said one day... "Lord, I don't know which way to go, so I will just put my hand up for you to grab hold to me and pull me in the right direction." He does, He will, if we only ask!!
In Him,
Sharon

Jennifer Shirk said...

Oh, thank you for sharing this. How wonderful God is!

Georgiana said...

Those God moments are wonderful and so refreshing. It's also wonderful that you recognized and appreciated it. Thank you for sharing your story, a great reminder to keep watching for those times when He works.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Feeling for you, Terri.
Sometimes I see aspects of God through blog posts and I'm amazed at our God who spans all time and technology.
~ Wendy

destrella said...

I have gotten calls from friends at just the right time, letting me know they and He were thinking of me. Hang in there! Hugs! :O)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Wow. I LOVE it when God does that! Thank you so much for sharing!

Btw, I read your post from last week--congratulations on the request for the full! I pray for peace as you wait.

Heidi Willis said...

Your life must feel so overwhelming right now! I love to hear when God steps in to make a little peace.

He is faithful, and without knowing the specifics, I can say He has a plan for you, and placed you there for a reason.

patti said...

Oh, Terri, so sorry for what you're going through but grateful for the "minister."

Hmmm. My Bible study ladies and readers constantly send manna in encouraging e-mails! I thank God for manna. Ministers. Angels.

Blessings,
patti

Tamika: said...

No wonder they call Him Savior! That's the title of the book I'm reading by Max Lucado.

Our minds cannot grapple the extent of God's great love for us. If I ascend into Heaven- He is there. If I make my bed in the lower parts of the Earth- He is there. There is no where I can go from His presence. He is that concerned about our well being!
Thank you Jesus!

Jill Kemerer said...

My sympathy goes out to you. How wonderful, though, to have just the right person talk to you. I've had many times where something similar has happened. Hang on!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Terri: I'm so glad God sent you an angel. He cares. We care. It will get better, my dear. Don't give up hope.

"Don't tell God how big your mountain is; tell your mountain how big your God is!" --dopied

Love you,
Jen

Greg C said...

That would be yesterday. Out of the blue she was there with a message.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Thank God for answered prayer. Ever since I learned you were struggling, I've been praying for you.

A new job is scary and takes big adjustments. I'm glad He sent someone to encourage and support you.

Blessings,
Susan

Amy DeTrempe said...

Wow. I can't remember the last time this happened, but I am sure it happens a lot more than we realize.

Nehha said...

I know how it feels...when we ask for help, God always gives it in his own special ways...I feel its on us to realize that it is "his sign".


Nehha :)

Gaia said...

Terri I am glad it all turned out well for you. Pray that God will always watch out for you and your family. Bless you and take care

Sassy Granny ... said...

I sure recognize those feelings, and that overwhelming urge to "cash it all in"!! I've been there so many times in the course of my life.

I'm so glad you were encouraged; and that it played out as it did. It's just one more milestone to add to the huge pile of blessings & God-sightings in your life.

Should you think of it, pray for me, please. I'm struggling with some "things" right now; one of which is leaving them (the things) to the Lord.

Blessings,
Kathleen

Julie Gillies said...

It's the body of Christ at work, Terri! I love how God encouraged you! I hope things settle down for you a bit. May God grant you peace and yes, even joy at your new job.

Kara said...

How wonderful that not only God sent you that angel, but that you recognized her:) I'm constantly amazed by how God works in my life and the people he puts in it! I'm praying for you, hang it there!

Kara said...

How wonderful that not only God sent you that angel, but that you recognized her:) I'm constantly amazed by how God works in my life and the people he puts in it! I'm praying for you, hang it there!

Warren Baldwin said...

I'm sorry, my blog visiting is down so I wasn't aware of this tough time for you. I'm glad God had an angel for you to offer encouragement and refocusing. Press on!

Tea With Tiffany said...

I'm sorry for the hard time you are walking through. I'm extra thankful for the way God is bringing you signs of love and encouragement. Sending you hugs from Colorado!

Heckety said...

Its wonderful when God uses us an His instrument, whether we are the administer-er or the administer-ee! Its just wonderful!

Gina Conroy said...

I remember a time when out of the blue a blogger acquaintance emailed and said she didn't know why, but she was praying for me. I didn't know why either because things were going well. Later in the week I received a rejection and I was surprisingly okay! It's wonderful to be prayed for in this way, and makes me want to pay attention more to the urging of the Holy Spirit when he lays someone on my heart!

Natalie said...

Oh Terri! You've had such a hard go these past few months. I do hope things get better for you soon. I will pray for you too.

I've had many times in my life when I felt strengthened by good people around me. The one that always comes to mind is this:

I sang at my great grandmother's funeral when I was about 12. I hadn't worried about it until I listened to family members talk about her life and I got up in front of those people and started to sing. Then I just started sobbing. A sweet lady from her church came up behind me and put her arms around me and started singing. It was one of those life altering moments for me. I just knew that people were good and that even people I didn't know loved me and carried God's love to me.

Take care Terri.

Lily Robinson said...

Most often it is my pastor. He is truly a man of God, and regularly speaks exactly what I needed to hear that day. It amazes me how God can meet our daily needs.

Nishant said...

Just when you needed it most! Something tells me that one day you'll be able to be that angel for someone else. God is SO good, isn't he?!
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