119GR - Sarah and the Angels

"In the Midst of Thee" - volumes 1 & 2 contain 200 favorite Glenn Rawson Stories - at: History of the Saints . org

From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 1.

My friend Sarah is a single mom struggling to raise two children while going to college herself fulltime. Her day usually begins at 5:00 A.M. with scriptures, prayer, and daily exercise. After getting her babes off to school, she has then her own one-hour commute to college.

Well, one week near the semester’s end, in the same week that Abi, her daughter, was having her eighth birthday party, Sarah found herself with one of those weeks - an extra load of homework, research papers, and two tests to study for. And then, as if that wasn’t enough already, she was asked to speak in Church. And you what a burden that can sometimes be.

On the day of Abi’s birthday, Abi got sick, oh - very sick, and had to stay home from school. As the week drew on, Abi did not get better. One night in the middle of the night, Abi cried out in distress for her mother. A blessing was needed - but there was no one. So Sarah prayed, and Abi slept the rest of the night soundly.

The next morning, Sarah began to feel sick as well. And you know – you know how it works in this situation: Mother’s simply cannot afford to get sick. Sarah fasted and prayed, and pushed on, feeling more and more physically and emotionally drained. By late Saturday night, sore throat and exhaustion notwithstanding, Sarah put the girls to bed, and poured herself into writing a talk that she’d been preparing all week, but just wouldn’t come!

Somewhere around midnight, Sarah went to bed planning to get up at 4:00 A.M. and finish the talk. But, during the night, her younger daughter Isabelle awoke and came into Mom’s room with a burning fever. Now both of the girls are sick, and Mom too.

Isabelle climbed into bed with Sarah - and promptly threw up. Well, Sarah got up, cleaned it up, crawled back in bed, and went back to sleep.

When the alarm went off a short time later at 4:00 A.M., Sarah rolled over and was surprised to see Isabelle wide awake and staring right at her, her eyes as bright and blue as a summer sunrise.

“Mom, who were those two guys?” she asked.

“I – I don’t know,” Sarah muttered, not quite awake.

Sarah got down on her knees, offered her prayers, and then had the distinct thought that she ought to ask Isabelle about those ‘two guys.’

“What did they look like,” Sarah inquired.

“Humans,” came the reply.

“What were they doing?”

As matter-of-fact as a three-year-old can declare, Isabelle said,

“Fixing your throat.”

You know, Jesus once said to His disciples, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31) I love that verse.

My friends, we are always and perfectly noticed and known by the Father. He loves us, and knows us better than we do ourselves. We do not struggle alone!

Oh, and by the way, as for Sarah – well, she went to Church not the least bit sick, and out of that ‘fixed throat’ came a powerful discourse on the Spirit of God.
It’s true – He’ll do it for us.

Glenn Rawson – April 2005
A personal experience of an acquaintance – identity withheld
Music: The Looking Glass, track 9 (edited), Without You – Paul Cardall
Song: “The Eyes of a Child” – Bryce Neubert
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