When someone you don’t know personally calls for help, what would you do?
One of my FB friends (let’s call her Precious), whom I have never met, posted this message on her homepage: help me
So I decided to leave Precious’ message unanswered, but I did what I could do best under the circumstances: prayed that the Lord be with her and help her.
After that message came a succession of other messages, all with her urgent call for help:
Is there someone out there?
Does anybody care?
If you read this, please text me
I can’t take it anymore
Is this the end?
I need someone . . .
There was a sputtering of replies from among her 22 FB friends, asking what was wrong. But time seemed to be running out, so I dared reply to all of Precious' pleas. My short messages were worded differently, but the gist centered on this verse: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
I shared my dread over Precious’ condition with my faith-sister Doreen, who felt as I felt, and decided to pray for her as well.
Three days went by and there were no more messages on her wall.
On the fourth day, my heart leaped when I read these words:
Thank you, Ma'am Grace. Okay na po ako. May pinagdaanan kasi akong mabigat na problema. Pero, kaya ko na. (Am okay now. Went through a big problem, but I think I am over it.)
I take no credit whatsoever for Precious’ renewed strength. All I had were words, borrowed from God’s.
But the Lord’s presence and grace embraced her, cradled her, comforted her, and assured her everything would be okay.