How Great Thou Art

By: Ama Hutchful

She knows something does not feel right, and so she prays “God please spare my life”. Days later………

“She’s not feeling well, we have to take her to the emergency room” says the first time mum. Their little girl had a high temperature, and it was the end of the world. Mum is not feeling great either, but she decides that it is just the normal fatigue that comes with being a brand new mum.

The new parents take their daughter to the emergency room(ER). Mum decides to check herself in; she’s at the ER anyway, so why not? Her test results show blood clots in both lungs! After the initial shock, she realizes that God saved her life through her baby girl. Baby is discharged, and mum is kept at the hospital.

Doctors run more tests to figure out why this happened and could not come up with anything. They say to her,  “it is a miracle that you are still here”. Her primary care physician shares the same sentiment, and adds “if I were you , I’d get a lottery ticket because it’s a miracle that you survived this, usually, people don’t make it”.

That mum was me.

On the home front, my husband and sister who are my main support system also fall  ill. Mama’s flight back home is in two days. “What chaos out of nowhere,” I think to myself , but I remember God’s grace in that time of trouble. God has used my little girl to save my life, and has taken care of all the intricate details surrounding the situation. It is not by mere luck that mama is transiting through my home at this specific time and is able to move her trip in that time of dire need; it is the mighty hand of God at work. He has provided me and my husband with everything we need in this time of trouble. A string of random events, just to save me- GOD IS GREAT!

God  brings us through challenges, through the fire, to draw us closer to him, to reveal himself to us, to build our faith in him, and to make us experience his deep love and mercy toward us. I never in a million years thought I’d ever have a  pulmonary embolism. I shrugged at the news of a possible blood clot when I was informed I needed a CT scan based preliminary blood results. The rodomontade was, I thought to myself “whatever, it will come back clean”. When I ended up in a ward filled with the elderly, (literally) it was very sobering. That was when it really sunk in how God orchestrates every single detail of our lives.

I have been yearning to share this testimony to let everyone know how great and mighty God is. Do not to despair in time of trouble. He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Things happen in our lives and we say, “Wow, if I hadn’t done this or that, it would have been disastrous”, or we use phrases like, “I dodged the bullet”, “I got lucky”, etc. Think about it, is it just luck, or is it God at work in our lives? I know this with absolute certainty; it is God at work in our lives

“I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:1-4 NLT‬‬

 

 

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When God speaks peace

When God speaks peace

Ama Hutchful

Psalm 121:1-8; Proverbs 3:21-26

Worry turns into fear in the blink of an eye when we do not turn them over to the Lord. I know this all too well as someone who struggles with it sometimes. It’s like that fly that just won’t leave you alone to enjoy your time of rest and relaxation outdoors.

We get trapped in the prison of fear because we don’t act like we believe God’s word. We often talk about being children of God, and his love for us, but don’t quite act like it in every aspect of our lives. This was my struggle. Fear was getting the best of me, and I was beginning to drown in it. Worst case scenarios constantly played in my mind about almost everything. I made catastrophes out of situations that had not happened nor were guaranteed to. True joy and peace were becoming foreign to me. “What if” had become a close companion. I would go as far as being fearful of a church shooting during service. I was living in crippling fear!

Right before bed one night, My mind was “in prison” playing different scenarios of what could go wrong in my life especially with my children. Mind you, I was in prayer with my husband . I was in the Lord’s presence , but I had allowed my thoughts to be taken captive by the enemy.

God spoke to me directly in a mighty way through his word the next morning. The verses for my quiet time included Psalm 121:3-8 NLT “He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps .The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”

I was just so thankful and amazed by how directly God spoke to me in that moment. I was in awe of God. The next passage, Proverbs 3:21-26 NLT, was another direct message from God! vs. 24 “You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.” I was experiencing a one-on-one moment with God, and my heart was so full of love for him.

What a mighty God we serve! He assured me through his word, and I felt a sense of peace and calm that I know only came from Him. His peace that surpasses all understanding became very present in that moment. He is the God of peace indeed.

When thoughts that are not of God try to take our minds captive, we can always turn to God’s word, for that is the only way can overcome them.

God tells us in Rom 8:15 NLT “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

May we always remember that God is our father, and because of that we need not worry about anything, Matt 6:25-34 NLT. When we look to Jesus, he will never leave us nor forsake us. Let us rest in the peace of our mighty father.