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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

God Found Me ... in the Doctor’s Office!

By H. Maurice Lednicky
Sept. 16, 2012

At the cancer treatment clinic in Houston, there were only six chairs in the tiny waiting room, a staging area for patients undergoing radiation treatments. Since each patient had a regularly scheduled time for the nine-week period, those whose treatments fell into the same time frame soon became acquainted.

Conversation was casual, but almost always turned to the subject of cancer. There is something breathtakingly traumatic about being included among those whose body has been invaded with malignant cell growth.

But this one morning was rather unique. Only two other men were waiting in the room when I arrived. One of them was there every day, and I had grown to know him quite well. He was from Thailand, and my wife and I had served there as missionaries for almost five years. However, I had not seen the other man before. He was new to our group.

After the man from Thailand was called for his treatment, the other gentleman and I engaged in small talk. In a moment, he moved across the small room and sat in a chair beside me.

“When the Holy Ghost comes on me, He shows me things,” he stated matter-of-factly. He continued by saying, “Let’s get to the bottom line.” He took my hand and began to prophetically speak words of encouragement for both the present moment and future ministry.

The man could not have known the major emotional struggles I was facing at that moment. The transition from our delightful ministry in Bangkok to uncertainty about the coming days of service was a giant challenge for my mind to accept peacefully.

I pause to say that the Word of God is real and, objectively speaking, I am fully confident in the absolute truth of all His promises. However, being subjectively involved in the moment forces us to grip even harder to our faith. The words of encouragement from one of my Heavenly Father’s faithful children offered great assurance and strength.

Back to the story. This stranger then stood up and said, “I have some of the Lord’s money, and He is directing me to give it to you.” I strongly protested, but he insisted. “This is the Lord’s money, and He wants me to give it to you.” At that point, he handed me $300.

As I was called into the treatment room, he shared one final detail: “I do not usually come at this time of the day, and I did not know why I was here today — until now.”

To my knowledge, I have not seen the man since that day.

The fallout from this experience was powerful. The reassurance of the Lord’s guidance was emotionally stabilizing. Of course, any of us appreciate financial blessings. However, to me the most significant aspect of that morning was that the Lord knew exactly where I was — sitting in a tiny waiting room in a cancer center. And He cared enough to arrange for one of His children to be there at that precise moment.

Actually, this should not be considered unusual. After all, we are His children. The children of a loving, caring Heavenly Father. By the way, He knows exactly where you are both physically and emotionally at this very moment in your faith walk. Perhaps He “found” you today with this testimony.

H. MAURICE LEDNICKY served as president of Central Bible College (Assemblies of God) in Springfield, Mo., for 21 years.

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