2016 did not start on the right foot for us, as you would have heard me mention in this post. We spent new year’s eve in a hospital, with a sick child. And like any parent of any one year old would testify, it’s a pretty traumatic experience when your child gets very ill and there’s not much you can do but pray, trust the doctors, and wait it out. Yes, in that exact order. Anyway, I have been planning to write this post for over 2 weeks now, but every time I started typing it, I just couldn’t seem to take myself back into that place again. It almost feels as if I’d shoved all those bad memories into some dark abyss in my brain, one I did not want to revisit. I guess I was more traumatised than the baby. Like they say, the baby forgets, especially when they are just a year old – but the parents never forget.
As most people were counting down the hours and minutes from 2015, into a new and exciting 2016… me and my husband were in the hospital doing shifts. While one slept, the other one kept an eye on our strong willed toddler to make sure she didn’t pull out the IV – after all, it had been quite a long and painful ordeal, watching the doctors trying to insert it into her tiny vein. I won’t lie, I cried. I’d never felt so helpless in my life. Not being able to trade places with my little princess as they put all sorts of needles into her, and hearing her scream in ways I’d never heard before. It was just heart wrenching. Anyway, clearly our holiday had quickly turned into a holiday from hell. But praise God that is now over! As my husband took his turn to nap, I watched a movie on my phone called War Room. It was the only thing left on the phone that I hadn’t watched, so it was not by choice. As I got into it, I vaguely recalled a friend of mine telling me about it last year, even though I’d quickly forgotten about it after that conversation. Anyway, basically it was just a call to prayer. How prayer is important and VITAL in our lives. The title ‘war room’ referred to the special place in the character’s house where they spent quality time with God. Some even prayed in their closet as that was the only place where they found a quiet enough space.
Well, I thought the timing of me watching this movie was pretty ironic. That hospital room was my war room that night as I silently muttered prayers in my heart. Anyway, the arrival of the New Year was not exciting, we did not even feel it. We were alone in that room with no one but God while everyone around the world was celebrating, it seemed.
The movie inspired me to have a resolve to pray even more fervently this year. Not a resolution, but a resolve. Sure, I have a healthy prayer life and relationship with God, but there is always room to grow, yes even for pastors and all those holier than thou people you can think of. So my call to prayer for this year is even stronger than before. It was always important to me to pray, but now it’s The Thing for this year. The main thing. Forget my hopes and ambitions, (actually, not to forget them), but prayer first and I am pretty CONFIDENT GOD will take care of everything. My spiritual life just needs a revamp especially after the exhaustion and sleep deprivation of last year after becoming a first time mum. So my dear friends, I urge you to an even more fervent prayer life this year too (and every year after that). And watch what happens…
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
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