Faith

His Miracles Never Cease

“…The Lord has worked miracles for his people. And so, we celebrated because the Lord had indeed worked miracles for us.” Psalm 126: …2-3 ((CEV) 

As the time approached for us to return home, I dreaded leaving Angel so far away with no family. The Sunday before  leaving, as I put braids in Angel’s hair we talked  about missing each other.  Suddenly  we paused and turned face to face. “Mom,” Angel said with a faraway look in her eyes, “I kind of wish I had family here.” “Me too,” I said. “Me too.”  

“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” Isaiah 65:24 (NKJV)  

Well, the next morning, I got this text from my niece, Precious: 

“I’m talking to Renee, and she said one of her first cousins, on the Barnhill side lives in Alaska! … 

She said she has a lot of family there and for you to call her.” 

 My heart skipped a beat. “Nothing but the Lord” was all I could think. Renee and I are first cousins, her mother and my father are siblings. Arthur Barnhill is her father; my uncle, Angel’s uncle. We are all family whether by blood or by marriage.   

WOW! Could the family Angel wished for last night already be here? 

Excited, I called Renee. Immediately, she arranged a 3-way call and by the time we hung up introductions were made, and Angel’s phone number was exchanged. By the time Angel got home from work that day, her cousin had already called her. They talked… she was born and raised in Alaska, lived 20 minutes away and worked close to Angel’s apartment. And, yes, Angel did have lots of family in Anchorage! 

That was a month ago. To date, they have not had a chance to meet in person. They text and talk but,  conflicting schedules have prevented them from getting together. However, just knowing family is only a text or phone call away has put Angel’s mind and my mind at ease.  

Update: The two cousins are scheduled to meet this Saturday, March 9th. Both are excited to finally meet in person.    

So, now, is it easier to understand why I could let go of Angel’s hand and allow God to grab hold of both our hands?  Easier to understand why I wasn’t sad but, filled with peace?  (“Letting Go,”  February 24, 2024).

I had just witnessed a miracle. And the timing could not have been more perfect… right before leaving to board a plane heading 4626.6 miles back home.  

I continue to feel the peace and gratitude I felt that night. I know what God started He will finish. 

God, thank You so much for doing what only You can…answering prayers in such a way that we know it had to be You. Thank You for putting our minds at ease, giving us peace and showing us how You always take care of our needs before we ask. You are a good, good God. Amen! Amen! Amen! 

 P.S. I want to thank Precious, Renee, Libby and Sharon for  making it possible for Angel to connect with family in Anchorage, Alaska….you all are truly God’s hands. 

 

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