Let Me Visit You Today
NOT long ago I, too, was in the hospital just as you are. That is why I have come back to visit you. To tell you through this little tract of a wonderful Friend who never left me during my stay in the hospital; to introduce you to Someone who will never leave you either if you will only let Him come in and make His abode with you.
I know that a message from someone who has experienced the same long hours of waiting, of wondering, of watching the door to open for the doctor or the nurse with news any news can be comforting and encouraging to one’s heart. I remember there was so much time to think and think and think. And so much of it could have centered on self if I had allowed this foolish kind of indulgence. At times I was tempted but this made me all the more unhappy. I could have felt so forlorn. And perhaps frightened, too, as I wasn’t sure just how things were going to turn out. For you see, my friend, they had bandaged my eyes and I could see nothing at all. Nothing but a solid black wall day and night.
The retina of my eye had been damaged and there was always the danger and uncertainty that I might never see light again. But in my heart there was a light that could never flicker out. This is the light of the Lord Jesus Christ which has shone there ever since I accepted Him as my personal Saviour. These scripture verses from His Holy Word became so real and meaningful, “The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
And I found His promises to be so true! Once I wanted to cry out in the night, “Oh, God, I’m so tired of the darkness, the groping around to find something, the awful aloneness. . . “ and then out of the anguished stillness like the comforting, soothing words of a dear friend they came to me, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” Matthew 28:20. And again and again this covenant of love, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. . . shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38,39.
Please don’t misunderstand, my friend, it was neither a vision nor an hallucination but a compelling, overwhelming sense of His divine presence. A glorious peace and calm seemed to flood my most inner being and no longer was there unrest or anxiety. He had promised, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” John 14:27.
Even when the nurses wheeled me up to surgery three different times I was not afraid. Of course, I prayed that the Lord’s healing hand would be upon me as I knew He was exceedingly able to make me completely whole again. But I knew I might have to wait on Him. And above all I knew He would give me the strength and courage to wait and to face whatever might happen.
Do you, my friend, have a deep yearning to know this wonderful Lord and Saviour?
Do you have a terrible need in this topsyturvy world to know peace and security and the lasting love that only He can give?
Do you care to know how it’s all going to end, where you are going to spend eternity? You must care about your soul because it will never die! We must face it! It is either Heaven or Hell for us all. You can have your choice. And the time to choose is slowly but surely running out.
Remember, God’s promises are for you, too. With God, there are no favorites. Each soul is precious and He says that to everyone who comes, He will in no wise cast out. Oh, my friend, do not think because your body is ailing or full of pain that He won’t receive you as you are. Confess your sinful state, for no one is free of sin, no, not one, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23. Ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your heart as your own Lord and Saviour. Only through His shed blood at Calvary, when He took on the sins of each of us, can we be reconciled to God. Believe God when He speaks! “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath Life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” I John 5:11,12.
Evelyn Roeding CuttIe