Part of my work involves teaching music at a private school in town. In becoming part of the school family, I learn of stories that keep me on my knees in prayer. One such example is that of a 6th grade student who is battling bone cancer. Her family moved from Idaho to Seattle to work with a team from Seattle Children’s hospital, and today was the morning of her surgery. I asked the administration if I could offer a time of prayer in the music room this morning, and they were supportive. As I drove to campus, I found myself wondering with God about who would show up and how I should frame this time? The verse that came to mind was one that is on my big batch of scripture notecards (1 Peter 5:7) that I have been trying to commit to memory. “Cast your cares on the Lord, for He cares for you.” That seemed the perfect message to remind us all of why we should and can pray to the God of the universe.
So I found myself sitting in my classroom waiting to see if anyone would come to pray, and in walks a fellow staff member and several students and moms. Right after we gather, one of the moms receives a FaceTime from the little girl we were praying for and we got to send her our love almost in person. Then we prayed. Honestly, I was moved to tears. It was so encouraging to see God’s people mobilize in an unexpected place. The faithful showed up in a variety of ages and stages and we were all blessed. We committed our friend to God’s care.
If you think of it today – offer up a prayer for Isabelle’s surgery. Pray in unexpected places with whomever God invites or sends your way.