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Meant to Be

By Mike Hall, September 21, 2015

It began with a simple poem I’d written to inspire public speakers. The poem was read at a national speaker’s convention and subsequently mailed to my e-mail distribution list. One of the people I sent it to was Cheryl Spicer in Australia. I became acquainted with Cheryl’s talents and work with disadvantaged people in Australia, Cambodia and Africa through a colleague, but had never met her. She replied with a compliment and our Internet friendship was launched.

 A trip down under

A few years later, I flew with my wife and daughter to the Gold Coast of Australia to finally meet Cheryl and her husband. On the second night of our visit, they hosted a welcome dinner for us with a number of fascinating guests. It was after dinner that we learned about the real power of the Internet and the messages I’d sent.

Cheryl asked everyone to speak for a couple of minutes about their life and the blessings they had received. Then it was Cheryl’s turn. She is a captivating speaker with an infectious enthusiasm. What we didn’t know was she had experienced some very stormy seas in the past few years. We knew she’d overcome an extremely abusive childhood and had gone on to inspire others with her coaching and speaking about love conquering abuse. But sometimes the pain of the past can intrude like a thief in a peaceful neighborhood. At one point Cheryl’s life began to crumble and she felt there was nowhere to turn. She spoke movingly about her painful decision to end her suffering and take her own life the next day.

In an extremely depressed state, she sat down at her computer, saw an e-mail from me and thought, What the heck, I’ll just read this one. Immediately, as she began reading the poem, she felt that God was sending her a message—her life was special, her purpose was powerful, and He would provide safe passage from the desperation she felt at that moment.

Cheryl finished reading the poem with tears in her eyes. She was convinced that God had intervened via the Internet to save her. What kind of God could this be? How strong a love must He hold for us to rescue me this way? How could I deserve such special attention, and how in the world could He spur Mike to send a poem that would touch my heart at just the right time? She couldn’t rationalize it as mere coincidence and decided to set aside her self-destructive plans and began living with a new hope.

Insights

Later that evening we talked at length about the lessons we’d learned from the experience. Cheryl learned that

  • God is more than our Creator. He’s also a creative influence in our daily lives who cares for us beyond what we can imagine. He will go the extra mile for us and often works behind the scenes to move us closer to Him.
  • Our challenges and trials are important to Him.
  • There is hope on our darkest day—especially if we turn to Him. Just as there is sun beyond the storm, He can move the clouds that come into our life and help us see clear skies in the distance.
  • It’s wise to trust the divine interventions that appear in your life. They are often God’s way of keeping in touch even when we feel lost or forgotten.
  • It’s better to communicate your distress with those who might help. How can God work through them if they are unaware of your trials or desperation? He does not want you to close the door on hope or life.

I learned that:

  • You should trust your intuition when you feel prompted to call or write a friend in need.  Don’t listen to the little questioning voice that would have you hold back and not reach out to them.
  • It just makes sense to pray daily for those in your world.
  • It is best to consider that your expression of caring or concern might serve as spiritual booster shot that may help immunize the person from the pain or trials in their life.
  • It’s better to be proactive with friends, neighbors, and those in need. Don’t wait until it’s too late and then be left to wonder if only …
  • Thank God and give Him the credit for inspiring you to buoy the spirits of those in your world.

Friendships play a special purpose in our lives. They keep us strong when the world is battling against us. Whether it’s through the Internet, a phone call, or a quickly scribbled note, let others know God loves and cares for them. We may not know how needful the words are to their wounded spirit.

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One Comment

  1. Betty White says:

    A very impactful and inspiring poem that was for me, too. Love the lessons and ….rest of the story!

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