Aaron is dying? Our dear friend and neighbor suddenly discovered he had terminal cancer. We were heartbroken.
Aaron was not religious, but neither were we. Yes, I had recently come to know Jesus as my Lord. Yes, I wanted to share my faith with him so he too could experience God’s love and peace. But I was not religious and I knew religion could not help Aaron—but Jesus could!
Why was it so difficult for me to share my faith? Why had I put it off? I could not put it off any longer!
I called the hospital. Aaron was semi-comatose, but could have visitors. A registered nurse myself, I knew he might still have his sense of hearing. He might understand my message. I prayed all the way to the hospital, for God’s wisdom, for our time to be protected and for Aaron’s heart to be receptive.
He didn’t respond when I spoke, took his hand or when I wiped the perspiration from his forehead with a moistened cloth. Nevertheless, I explained that Jesus loved him, died for his sins and wanted to give him peace and eternal life.
“Aaron, if you want Jesus to forgive your sins and come into your life, will you squeeze my hand?”
Instantly, I felt his hand tighten around mine. Although his eyes remained closed and he seemed otherwise non-responsive, he did respond! Truthfully, I was shocked! What should I do next? I began nervously praying aloud, thanking God for forgiving Aaron’s past sins and asking God to send His Holy Spirit, now, to indwell Aaron. I ended with, “Thank You, Lord, that now I believe Aaron belongs to You forever.”
As I looked up, I noticed tears rolling down from Aaron’s closed eyes. His hand moved up to his face attempting to wipe them away, but in his weakness he missed the spot. With tears in my own eyes, I grabbed a tissue and wiped his tears for him.
I took the glass of water next to his bed and placed the straw between his lips. “Here’s some water, Aaron.” He drank! I was silently praising God because I knew Aaron had heard the message, and I believed he had received it.
When Aaron died a few days later, I both rejoiced and wept while praising God for His faithfulness. I thought, “Yes, my intentions were good, but why did I put it off for so long?”
“Dear Lord Jesus, make me more sensitive to Your Holy Spirit’s nudging to share You with those who are hurting or lost. Truly, we don’t know what tomorrow holds—and our time, indeed, is short. Amen.”
- SONG: ONE BUSINESS IN LIFE –
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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