• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Never Underestimate

As I watch Sarah resting I think about this week's (it's only been two days but feels like a week) journey and I am reminded, again and again, at God's faithfulness! Never underestimate His power! From other tough times I learned to ask God for His divine intervention in certain circumstances. I do this when I think something is impossible or when I don't even know what to pray for.

I think that is why one of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3: 20, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,) NKJV I believe that it was divine intervention that the surgeon told us the day before the surgery that he would have his nurses call every two hours from the operating room to keep me updated. I believe that it was divine intervention that Sarah's surgery was so successful. I believe it was divine intervention that Sarah got a nurse that would call me after being in recovery for ten minutes to tell me, "your daughter, Sarah, wants me to tell you that she can breathe. She said you would know what she is talking about." I know she didn't understand the breakdown on my end but I didn't even know to ask for that. I believe it was divine intervention that Sarah had the nurse in PACU call me. She was to be in there for five hours which meant I would see her around 8pm. By 4pm I heard Sarah whispering on the phone, "Mom, the nurse said if you will come to the waiting room she will come get you and sneak you in for 15 minutes!" So I went with my suitcase and emptied the hotel room. When I texted Sarah that I was in the waiting room the sweetest nurse came in smiled at me and motioned for me to follow her, never speaking until she hugged me. We went through the back door and I got to see Sarah. The nurse said you can stay til she goes to a regular room, I don't care. We didn't even ask for that! When we got to her room Sarah asked the nurse if I could stay with her and the nurse said it wasn't up to her. I was quietly praying that God knew what was best so I was trusting Him with this decision. All of a sudden the nurse stopped what she was doing and said she was going to ask right then about me staying because the supervisor who would most likely say yes was leaving soon! She came back and said "it's a yes!" And there have been so many other things too! Never underestimate the power of God.

While it is important for me to brag on my God I also believe I am to thank Him for all He does. I believe He wants me to recognize these good things, knowing they come from Him. James 1: 17, "Every good and perfect gift is from above." When I am recognizing these miracles all around me I am recognizing, again, that God is in control. I am recognizing that He can do anything. Philippians 4: 13, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." It takes much of the stress away.

I know God doesn't want me complaining all during the tough times without seeing His blessings. I never liked to hear my children complain without noticing blessings. Philippians 2:14-15, "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky. Wow! Never underestimate the power of God!


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