Jill Jarrell Newsome
God Will Make A Way
I had a supervisor who I worked for until my first child was born. We became friends and kept in touch. She and another coworker would come from Greensboro to Wilmington each year to have a girl's weekend. She was a big prayer warrior for me when I was sick. Towards the end of my treatment she got sick and found out she had Leukemia. I wanted to visit but I could not make the trip and neither could she. I needed to tell her all the wonderful things God was doing and encourage her. She had been my sister in Christ and I prayed for her multiple times a day because we were both struggling. That Christmas I had been texting with her and she was making cookies. I was so happy she was feeling that good! I told her I was going to try to come see her before she had her bone marrow transplant.
That same day I was nudged to send her a letter. God sent me to Romans 1: 9-12, "God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you. I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith." I wrote these words to her and sent it. I do not remember the timeline now but I remember that she read it just before she took a turn for the worse and died.
I was devastated. Again, why did she die and I got to live? She was a mom of three boys. Again, I do not know nor do I understand. But I thank God, still, that He nudged me to send that particular letter. What better thing could I have written? Nothing would have been better. We did encourage each other. We did pray for each other. During that season, neither of us had a social life so we were excited about the ways God was working! We even had "our song" and when we sang it at church or heard it on the radio we would always text each other. I realized that letter was perfect because, even though I did not know it, the way had been opened for me to see my friend again. Just not in Greensboro. By way of Jesus to my Heavenly Father where we will both reside for all eternity! Thanks be to God!
Do you see how God is making a "way" for you?