Our family was preparing to leave Guatemala for two months to travel in the States. It was late in the afternoon and we were running behind schedule.
I was walking home from the store and I saw a sister-in-the-Lord sitting in her car waiting for her children to leave the school building. As busy as I was I heard the Lord speak to my heart to walk over and talk to her. When I reached her car I could see that she was clearly distraught about something. I gave her a hug and asked her what was wrong.
This woman was married to a very famous and successful man in Guatemala, but it was just discovered that he was involved with another woman and would not repent. He immediately lost his prestigious position in the Church, no one in their circle reached out to her and the children. She was overwhelmed by the situation, and felt abandoned. She had no money and the next day she and the children did not have a place to stay. She wanted to leave the country with her children for a time of restoration, but needed time to put things in order. She didn’t know what to do, and she didn’t know where to go for help. I looked at her and invited her to stop by our home to pick up the keys to our house where she and the children could stay rent free for the next two months.
This woman was in a very serious situation, she felt abandoned, afraid, alone, and didn’t have anyone around her to turn to, except for her Savior, Jesus Christ. Psalm 18:6 says, “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.“
I walked down a small detour that was off my planned path for the day and offered this woman a gift of hope. And she knew that despite what life had thrown at her, God had not abandoned her and he was faithful, and cared and met the immediate present needs for her and her children. Hebrews 4:15-16 describes the character of Jesus towards us in times of crisis, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.“ I wasn’t able to take away her pain and hurt, but I was able to offer a little hope.
Are you willing to take a detour today from your plans and offer someone in need a little hope?
Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe, Greater Than Magic and, soon to be released, The Healing Creed. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.