God Sometimes Works in Surprising Ways
by Julie Branch
The late, great evangelist, Billy Graham, once shared a story about the celebrated neurologist Dr. S.W. Mitchell. The Philadelphia doctor had gone to bed early after an exhausting day when he was suddenly awakened by a loud knock upon his door. When he opened it, he found a little girl, standing there poorly dressed and deeply distressed. She explained that her mother was very sick, needed to see a physician immediately, and begged the good doctor to come with her.
It was a cold, snowy night, but the weary doctor dressed and followed the little girl to her home a few blocks away. When he arrived, Dr. Mitchell found the mother desperately ill with pneumonia. After arranging for medical care, he complimented the sick woman on the persistence of her little daughter. The woman looked at him strangely and then said, “My only daughter died a month ago.” She added, “Her shoes and coat are in the clothes closet there.” Dr. Mitchell, amazed and confused, went to the closet and opened the door. There hung the very coat worn by the little girl who had brought him to attend to her mother. It was warm and dry and could not possibly have been out in the wintry night.
When Billy Graham shared the story he concluded by asking, “Could the doctor have been called in the hour of desperate need by an angel who appeared as this woman’s young daughter? Was this the work of God’s angel on behalf of the sick woman?”
What do you think? We may not know the answer to this question for sure this side of Heaven, but we would probably agree that God often times does things that we would never suspect and in ways we could never expect.
What we do know for sure is that on that first Christmas Eve an angel visited some ordinary shepherds keeping watch over their flock at night and he proclaimed to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12).
I suppose no one saw that coming either but the birth of our Savior signaled the beginning of a life that would change our world forever. And, without a doubt, we know to be true that this is something only God could do! Give praise to His wonderful Name!!!
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