I had been seeking help from God for a couple of years, but hadn’t seen, heard, or felt His presence yet (excluding an experience I had when I was a teen and didn’t know it was Him). Then I prayed for someone else and experienced something amazing.
When my sister Evelyn was pregnant she learned that her baby had a heart problem. Shortly after birth, Ev’s baby Kara got a pacemaker and did okay for a little while. She was tiny for her age. At six months of age, her parents were told she was in congestive heart failure. We were all so concerned for her and her family. After a year of visiting doctors, a doctor in Winnipeg had told Evelyn and Matthew to take Kara home and make her as comfortable as they could, and essentially gave them no hope.
Kara’s family and many other kind caring people around the country began to pray and we put Kara on every prayer chain we knew of. I loved my sister and couldn’t bear the thought of her losing her baby girl. I had three little girls at home and couldn’t fathom the loss she was facing. So I prayed.
A new doctor came to the area, he was originally from South Africa. He said that Kara needed to be sent to a transplant center. Toronto was the newest in Canada and she was put on the heart transplant list. In Africa transplants are more frequently done than they were in Canada. He arranged the needed referrals.
Months later Kara was in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and Ev was staying at Ronald McDonald House. They had been there for three months at this point, when at home Kara’s health nurse put on a benefit concert for Kara calling it For My Broken Heart. The family was invited to attend. My Mom, sister in law Val, my baby daughter Brittanie and I went.
As the line of people moved up the steps and into the big theater, I began to feel something I had never felt before. I felt love in a room. I felt love in that big theater. As the concert continued, I began to have a thought run through my head, If you could bottle the love in this room and send it to Kara, she would get her heart just like that. At the word that I would see fingers snapping in my mind’s eye. I heard it over and over many times until the intermission. It was so strong at times it overwhelmed me. I got up at the intermission and went to the back where the performers had gathered and I said. “If you could bottle the love in this room and send to Kara, she would get her heart just like that.” I snapped my fingers.
The program began again. It was wonderful. There were even children’s songs meant for Kara and songs about the heart. At the end of the concert my family and I went on stage and thanked the performers for what they had done for Kara and her family. And the last thing I said was, “If you could bottle the love in this room and send it to Kara, she would get her heart just like that.” Snap.
A few weeks later, Ev’s husband Matthew, had left Toronto and was on his way home by train. Cell service wasn’t that good in those days, so Ev couldn’t get ahold of Matthew. The doctors told Ev that Kara only had about a week left to live. We put Mom on a plane to Toronto to be with Ev. On Mom’s first days at the hospital, she stepped off the elevator and shook hands with a man with a name badge on. The man was a chaplain at the children’s hospital and his cousin was the pastor of Mom’s church at home. Ev hadn’t met him yet.
That same day the video tape of the concert arrived at Ronald McDonald House and Ev invited the other residents to watch it with them. They were sitting watching and enjoying the concert when the beeper went off alerting Ev to call the transplant team. They had found a heart for Kara, it was being flown in to arrive the next morning. The chaplain was there with Ev and Mom through the transplant.
Kara received her heart, recovered in Toronto for a few months and was at home doing well when I went for a visit. I asked Ev what they were doing when the call came in. Ev said they were watching the video and I asked what part. Her answer was, “The beeper went off at the end when you were on stage thanking everyone.” She had heard what I said. I realized then that God had bottled the love in that video and sent it to Kara and she had gotten her heart just like that.
Kara grew up. She was and is cherished by her family. I had a dream on Friday Dec 14th.The dream let me know that I needed to cancel a perm I was planning to do the next Monday morning. I had quit doing hair by this time but I had agreed to do this one. I didn’t know why I wouldn’t be able to do it that day but I have learned to listen to God as he talks to me through my dreams. So I called and canceled the perm.
On Monday Dec 17 th, I woke up to another dream telling me I wasn’t prepared for something and I was going to ask someone specific for help that day. Just after I had got up and moving, Ev called and I found out what I wasn’t prepared for. Kara had collapsed. I was glad I had canceled the perm that was scheduled for that day. I was free to ride to Brandon with Ev and Matthew. I started to walk towards the highway so they wouldn’t have to drive into town. I was concerned I wouldn’t make it there in time. The person I had dreamt about helping me earlier that morning was in the right place to ask for help when I needed it. He gave me a ride to the highway. We arrived just as Ev and Matthew did.
Kara passed away that day. We had 18 years with Kara we would not have had if those first prayers hadn’t been answered. God bottled the love in that room and it was sent to Kara, and she got her heart just like that, and He revealed Himself to me at the same time. My words, God’s words are at the end of that video tape.
That was the beginning for me. Once God revealed Himself to me I kept pushing in to know Him more.
Jeremiah 29:13 (NKJV) And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 33:3, He says, "Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things you do not know."
John 14:21(NIV) Who ever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”