Sowing Seeds of Faith… planted seeds of hope and faith for twenty-eight years. Both a Bible study and a devotion this ministry provided needed encouragement to deepen our faith, connect with God and survive those difficult and trying days. Starting January 1, 2024 many of those same stories and new ones will soon be available as a daily devotion and Bible study in book form. Here is the devotion for September 8.
September 8 – Do It Again – (Story told by Drayton and Robin Hawthorne)
Drayton described tense moments while waiting for his wife Robin’s surgery. He said: “It was 10 pm and she was outside looking at the stars. I thought it was settled and done. Her surgery was a few days away and although the doctors assured her this was a routine procedure, she was still looking as if they were going to amputate something!”
“As her husband, I assumed my duty was to hide concern while showing a strong front. Like most men, I substituted statistics and reason for assurance and thought it was enough. Now she was worrying again. I walked toward her ready to offer more of my male logic. But that’s when the miracle happened.”
“Everything I planned to say vanished. Unknown words came from my lips, as I silently wrapped my arms around her waist and kissed her cheek. “’God loves you. Everything will be all right. You will see a shooting star as my promise that you will be ok.’”
“In an instant the most spectacular shooting star we ever saw blazed across the sky from horizon to horizon. A surprised and delighted, “Ooh!” came from my wife! For a long moment neither of us spoke. What could we say?”
“Moments before, I was an insensitive, scolding husband walking towards a fearful, anxious wife. Somehow, God miraculously intervened and changed us both into vessels of His gracious love.”
Usually, our influence is a steady, consistent attitude of faith. People know and remember us by our day-to-day actions among our family and friends. Occasionally, there are life-changing moments when God’s influence suddenly shines and the only word that adequately describes what happens next is miracle.
Drayton continued: “Being an instrument of God’s will, at times may not be voluntary or even expected. I always believed God would use me only if I asked and was spiritually clean. Sometimes, this is true but not in my case. God interrupted my mission and substituted His own. I wanted to comfort Robin with common sense and almost interrupted a miraculous moment of faith. No matter the reason for why it happens, when God, uses you for whatever purpose, you will feel blessed because of it.”
“Thinking of the wonderful moment we shared with God is very emotional for me. Several times in telling our shooting star story my wife would need to finish because I became too ‘choked up’ so once more I will let her finish…”
Robin smiled and then said: “After we stood there a few moments just soaking in what happened, I turned to my husband and whispered, ‘Do it again!’”
Prayer Challenge: Who needs to hear this amazing story? Share it with them.