The article below was posted on BookLovers1 blog. It is a phenomenal article. When I read it, it immediately brought to mind my own similar story.
A Call From God
One Saturday night, a pastor was working late and decided to call his wife before he left for home. It was about 10:00 PM, but his wife didn’t answer the phone. The pastor let it ring many times. He thought it was odd that she didn’t answer but decided to wrap up a few things and try again in a few minutes. When he tried again, she answered right away. He asked her why she hadn’t answered before, and she said that it hadn’t rung at their house. They brushed it off as a fluke and went on their merry ways.
The following Monday, the pastor received a call at the church office, which was the phone that he’d used that Saturday night. The man that he spoke with wanted to know why he’d called on Saturday night. The pastor couldn’t figure out what the man was talking about.
Then the man said, “It rang and rang, but I didn’t answer.”
The pastor remembered the mishap and apologized for disturbing him, explaining that he’d intended to call his wife.
The man said, “That’s okay. Let me tell you my story. You see, I was planning to commit suicide on Saturday night, but before I did, I prayed, ‘God if you’re there, and you don’t want me to do this, give me a sign now.’ At that point, my phone started to ring. I looked at the caller ID, and it said, ‘Almighty God’. I was afraid to answer!”
The church that the pastor attends is called Almighty God Tabernacle.
Wow, what an amazing story! Don’t forget to visit BookLovers1 she has some great stuff!
Here is my own article similar to it though my phone call from God was not as dramatic as the man’s call above.
I had made it through a heart-wrenching childhood, despairingly lonely years of adolescence, a miserably abusive and controlling marriage, an ugly divorce situation , a desolate life as a single mom without family or child support, and the gigantic pile of bills my ex-husband left behind. I even made it through a few despondent years of emptynest life, alone.
The last thing I expected to entertain—newly remarried in my mid-forties and thinking I had finally gotten the break in life I had desperately prayed for—was a plan to end my life.
Immediately after our wedding, my teenage step-sons believed their only mission in life was to regain their father’s full attention by destroying our marriage. My new home was filled with shockingly high levels of stress and antics caused by them.
All this stress greatly altered my relationship with my new husband. His personality instantly became overtly different than that of the man I thought I married. He did not recognize his kid’s overactive efforts to end our marriage. To make matters even more gut-wrenching, I found out–from a neighbor–that the woman across the street from us dated my husband just three years before.
Then, my bitter-ex resurfaced in my kids’ lives after years of abandonment and estrangement, twisting truth, inventing self-serving reasons for his abandonment, and causing havoc in my relationship with my adult kids.
All this came crashing on me in a period of about eight months. The enormous amount of stress physically overcame me, causing my back to go out for an extended time; but because I had also become financially bound due to the construction contract for a new house, I was forced to keep working until the house was finished.
I was in so much pain, I was taking hydrocodone, codeine, Advil, and aspirin all at once to cope with the pain while at work. It was a miracle I could even function. Numerous times a day my eyes filled with tears at work because of the physical and emotional pain I was enduring. As a dental assistant, I sat over the patients biting my inner cheeks to keep from crying over them. My boss started complaining because I had “slowed down” at work. Two back-to-back auto whiplashes during that time escalated the headaches and migraines I already had.
Thunderstruck by what had become my new way of life, and feeling more alone than ever; I lay in bed one evening believing my only recourse out of the catastrophe I was living was suicide. I will never forget the moment I made that decision. I felt a peculiar and hollow quickening in my spirit.
Deeply ashamed of my new predicament, I kept my anguish to myself.
Feeling deserted by God, I didn’t even bother to pray anymore. The truckloads of prayers I had sent to heaven seemed to land on the doorstep of a deserted throne room.
I’m sorry, God, I thought, I just can’t take this barrage of pain anymore. You don’t seem to care anyway.
I decided I would end my life the coming week. Although in the past when things were extraordinarily painful the thought of suicide fluttered through my mind, this time it nestled in for good. I had no doubt I would follow through with this. I just had to figure out how. I needed to be successful. The way things had gone in my life, if I failed I would probably end up in a worse situation, or mutilated for life. I didn’t want that. I had to think this one out very carefully.
I barely slept that night. The next day I would begin to put a plan into motion. When I woke up, my husband told me a woman I hardly knew from our Bible study called early that morning.
Yes, through all that insanity; I was attending a couple’s Bible study.
Her message went something like this.
“God has laid it on my heart to pray for Elizabeth this week. I don’t know why, but he wanted me to call her this morning and tell her. I just wanted her to know that.”
The blood froze in my veins. My husband was puzzled by the mysterious call, but I wasn’t.
I knew exactly what the message meant.
*GOD WANTED ME TO KNOW HE KNEW ABOUT MY PAIN AND HE CARED.
*HE STEPPED IN TO KEEP ME FROM GOING THROUGH WITH MY PLANS.
*HE WANTED ME ALIVE, NO MATTER HOW HORRIBLE THINGS WERE IN MY LIFE.
*HE HAD OTHER PLANS, OTHER PURPOSES FOR ME, AND AN UNTIMELY DEATH WAS NOT ONE OF THEM.
I was astonished.
This was eight years ago, Since then my husband has rededicated his life to Christ. The Lord has repeatedly shown me that no matter how much heartache one endures, He is there right along with us. My strength and faith in the Lord is now stronger than ever.
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By ~ Elizabeth Yalian 2013 ©http://hiseyeisonthissparrow.com.
21 responses to “God Also Uses The Phone”
Praise God! He is always there… and kept you here ❤
Yes, He did. Though at that very time, I didn’t think that was such a very good idea. His plans always work out!
Elizabeth, this is such a wonderful testimony of God’s tender love toward us. You are so right that He sees it all; He’s in our tomorrows even before we get there.
Blessings ~ Wendy
Thank you Wendy, and it is true he does know tomorrow all the tomorrows to come!
You are right, it is a phenomenal article! Phenomenal!
I just know in my heart there is someone out there teeter/totering with a decision to end their life. I hope and pray this article reaches the persons God intends to reach.
Thanks for sharing your journey and God’s love. So glad you are here! 🙂
Thanks! A lot of people can’t understand a person ever getting to that point. I tell you, you have to feel pretty alone, hopeless, and destroyed inside to come to that conclusion. It takes living through a kind of lonesome heartache most people can’t fathom. And that is exactly what the enemy is counting on. But one thing God has taught me is that He truly knows our hearts and His love for us broken human beings is more powerful than any circumstances. As Christ Followers we are supposed to be His hands and feet spreading His love and grace. When we fail to be there, and someone stands at the edge of the emotional precipice, God Almighty will step in in our place as He wills.
God is so good!
Beautiful stories! Even though I have not experienced the desperation you felt, God has also sent someone to uplift and encourage me just when I needed it most. He does care, He does listen, He is ALWAYS there.
Our God is a loving, forgiving, graceful, and awesome God!
Your testimony speaks of the love, mercy, and steadfast watch our heavenly Father provided for you. A lesson for all of us: when prolonged suffering turns us against Him, thinking He doesn’t care, He always remains at our side. He is marvelous! Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for sharing your story with us, as well as posting the other woman’s encounter with God. This has strengthened my faith in God and reminded me he cares about me, too.
Prolonged suffering can wear us out to the point all we can see before us is the agony of the moment, even if that moment seems to go on and on. As you said, He does remain stedfast regardless of our views and fickleness towards Him. He knows we are fragile people and that our world can be overwhelmingly painful. He walked our roads and experienced every sort of grief we experience, even to the point of an agonizing death. He knows, He understands, and He doesn’t hold our weakness against us. I am humbled and joyful that these stories have strengthened your faith! The first story is so amazing. Can you imagine asking God to let you know if He does care about you and then the phone rings and the caller ID says Almighty God! No wonder the man was afraid to answers it!!!!
What a testimony Elizabeth! I have been there too, I even went further…yet God pulled me out of the darkness just like he did to you. I am grateful His plans are bigger than we ever think or imagine!
He does have huge plans for each of us. The darkness can envelope us to the point where it completely blocks out His light if we let it. Thank God His light is brilliantly powerful enough to break through those dark places in our lives!
God is pretty awesome and repeatedly works to let us know how much He loves us.
The very first word that came to my mind after reading this article is Phenomenal!
My ladies group had a visit from a retired pastor tonight, I lead and in invite the speakers, as long as I know that they are trustworthy in the Lord’s service, I don’t mind which church His messengers attend. Anyway tonight we received a thoughtful commentary on the 23rd Psalm spoken in a caring voice, the message bought home so clearly in David’s words, that wounded and cut by his son Absalom’s rebellion we can be quite confident that God does know all our pain and cares .. The depth of that care we only come to realise fully when walking the dark valley. Thank you for your brave sharing.
I am so grateful God cares enough to use any avenue he knows will touch us. I believe each one of us experiences moments of darkness we feel we are unable to overcome. In my case, I had no family to turn to and was too ashamed to tell anyone. That is exactly what the enemy wants for us to do. To wallow in our grief alone to the point of desperation that suicides seems the only way out.