Step by Step
from Impact Middle East leader in Egypt
We had not seen each other for a long time because of the coronavirus. So, when the house church was able to meet again to worship and sing, we were so happy.
Soha arrived during the singing. She looked sad and tired. Tears were running down her face.
At fellowship time we asked her what had happened. She replied, "You know my husband works far away from home. We don't see him much, but this week I got a call from him. He was calling from a hospital because he had contracted the coronavirus. I went to see him in the hospital. He is very sick, and I think he is going to die.”
For a while she stopped talking, like a memory had come to her. Then she continued. “You know, my dear brothers and sisters, that some time ago my husband was in prison for a crime he didn't commit. I asked many people, including lawyers and important people, to help me get him out of prison. He was freed after a while, and, as a family, we felt like we were coming out from death to life. But today I feel coronavirus has come to drag my husband from life to death.”
She continued to cry, and we all cried with her.
“Now my husband’s freedom is not in the hands of important people and lawyers as before. His life is in the Lord’s hands. I am asking you to pray to the Lord with me to bring my husband back healthy to me and to his children.”
At the next meeting we heard Soha's husband’s situation had grown much worse. We were disappointed with the news, but we decided to continue praying for him and his family as a church and individually. To be honest, most of us, including me, were not sure he would recover. But a great, old wise man in our group told us: “Pray with faith and assurance because ‘for in him we live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17: 28).“
Two days later, Soha called us with this news, "The doctors took him out of intensive care, and he is much better! Could you please continue praying to God for the next step in his healing: that he would be released from the hospital?”
I left that meeting reminded that God always answers prayer – sometimes “yes,” sometimes “no,” and sometimes "step by step."