In the same way, the Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. (Romans 8:26)
We’re in the final countdown to the Mexico and Omaha Spring Break Mission Team adventures. It’s always a fun, crazy, stressful time to make sure you’ve got everything on the packing list but not too much stuff; you’ve got to carry it all! In order to fund both trips, teams traveled to 24 different churches covering more than 3,000+ miles to ask for prayers and for financial assistance (fun fact: that is the distance from Mitchell to Puerto Vallarta and halfway back!) Thanks to their hard work and the generosity of thousands of family, friends and strangers we are just about fully funded for both trips!
Last week, I got a phone call that I don’t get very often as a campus pastor: a student was about to have an emergency appendectomy. I ran to the hospital and was able to pray with the student as he went up to surgery. This student was one of the first fully funded for Mexico and we were both wondering if he would be able to travel. We prayed for a non-ruptured appendix and, after just 30 minutes of surgery, the surgeon finished and discovered it had not ruptured. The student would be fully healed in a week and back to normal activity, just one day before we leave for Mexico.
As I was chatting with his parents and friends in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but think God answered a prayer we didn’t even know we had. If the student’s appendix had ruptured in Mexico, it would have been removed there and he would have been fine; however, what parent wants to be 3,000 miles away from their child having surgery in a foreign country?! I also don’t want to be the pastor making that call to the parents! I couldn’t help but thank God for the timing, the doctors, and the quick healing of the student.
So glad God helps us to fill in the blind spots when we pray!