The fingerprints of God on my life have left lasting impressions that I regularly re-visit.
I'd like to share this one with you. I call it "the sweetness of God".
Towards the end of 2006 I was invited to a women's conference in Russia. When I finally got down to praying about it and asking Father if that was his idea or not, I received an unexpected reply, "No, I want you to visit your mother." Now, my mother was living in Cape Town, South Africa and I hadn't seen her in four years due to the expense of travelling, although I phoned regularly. My siblings and their families all lived within an hour's drive of my mom.... and yes, I really missed them.
So when the Lord told me he wanted me to go. The very next day, January 1st, we received an email from our friend John and attached to his letter was another letter ".....hey John did you know that South African Airways has a special offer going- buy 1 get 1 free?". Mmmmm I thought, that's interesting and when I politely reminded the Lord of the cost of the initial ticket, he graciously replied, "I pay for what I order."
I kid you not, a few days later a friend of mine came up to me and said, "I know this sounds strange, but feel I need to buy you a plane ticket, but Rory has to go too."
It made perfect sense to me!
Well, a week went by and then the Lord told me that he wanted us to stay with particular friends who lived within walking distance of where my mother was staying..... he even gave me their phone number! I'm sorry to say my faith didn't stretch that far - I had to phone one of my sisters to double check the number... yes, it was correct. The couple was delighted and offered us a car for the duration of the visit. We had a wonderful time with my mom visiting favorite places and people. We loved on her and made precious memories. On our return flight I asked the Lord why he had gone to such great lengths for this trip? .....Silence.
Five days after landing I received a call from my sister saying my mom was in a coma in hospital with a very high fever. Two days later another call told me she was "on her way out". I requested to speak to my mom the next day - my sister would be at the phone next to her bed to receive my call and to place the phone next to my mom's ear. You see, we are first and foremost spiritual beings that have a soul and a body, so if the body is in a coma one's spirit can still hear. The next day I was able to tell my mom once again how much I loved her and appreciated her and that I was looking forward to meeting her again in the presence of Jesus. I then sang her her favorite hymn, Amazing Grace - it wasn't pretty, but went straight from my heart to hers. She died early the next morning.
Truly the sweetness of my God.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger
and abounding in compassion and