I have been desiring to see God work in my life every day. For the most part He’ll parade people by me and it’s obvious what they need, I’ll pray and sometimes I see Him move and sometimes not. When the “not” happens it can be slightly discouraging. I was having a discouraging day when it occurred to me to return a call to my brother who lives several hours away. When I called he said to me “you know, in the year since we’ve been in touch again, it has been the best year of my life!” That was encouraging! Backing up a bit we had lost touch for about 30 years and didn’t do much other than the occasional Christmas card and phone call. He had left home when he was 18 and never really looked back having a lot of “issues” with my parents. When I caught up with him he was looking pretty rough. His knees were shot and all he could do was hobble. He was still bitter about things my parents had done more than 40 years prior. He knew Jesus and in fact was the one who presented me with the salvation prayer when I was young. Still, he seemed to be hurting quite a bit. I told him about what I had been hearing in church about our identity in Christ and that we could do the things Jesus did. I tried to help him with the resentments he had with our parents while having compassion for the pain he felt. He was also overwhelmed with a work situation. We talked, we prayed, we laughed and things seemed a little lighter for him. I went to lay hands on his knees and being that I was just starting to do these types things and expect instant results, I was disappointed that nothing seemed to happen while I prayed. Still I knew it was better to try than not. I was a little embarrassed but at least he knew that I loved him enough to give it a try. Coming back up to the present, he said that his life was better than ever, that he was down to working one job that he loved, he loved the church he was involved with and the people there and his knees were much better. He was walking about 8-10 miles a day and had dropped several pounds. So, thank God for bringing out encouragement at the right time! We don’t always see the answers to our prayers right away but we should always believe that he’s working it out when we are praying according to his will. Thank you Jesus!

Submitted by Anonymous