Friends, it is my dear pleasure to host Kristy Cambron today. She and I have only recently become acquainted online (see her Facebook and blog links after the article), but we have already learned much about each other's hearts. I'm glad she's sharing a part of hers with us. As you will see, she has such an inner beauty that could only come from God. May her heart -- and God's -- bless you in your journey.
Kristy sent her article to me in italic print, and as I was reading it, I realized that it should remain that way. It lends itself well to the topic of "whisper moments." In fact, I found myself whispering the words instead of reading them aloud at a normal tone, as I do with all my guests' articles.
Whisper Moments with God
by Kristy Cambron
It was the second time in little more than a year that I’d walked into an ICU room to pray with someone who was nearing death.
|Courtesy of Kristy Cambron via Dollar Photo Club|
The first time? That was with my Dad. We lost him to leukemia thirteen days after he’d been admitted for a relapse of cancer. But this time was… different. It was a life experience curve ball that was completely unexpected. This trip to a quiet ICU room was for a friend whom I’d only met a few weeks before. She and I sat at the same Bible study table on Tuesday mornings. We shared struggles. Prayers. Moments of studying the Word of which I will never forget. And she was supposed to be at the next Bible study this fall. Instead, she was going to meet our Jesus for real.
My six-year-old son calls those the “whisper moments” of life. Upon attending a quiet memorial service once, my outgoing, boisterous boy asked, “Mommy– shouldn’t I whisper?” He seemed to inherently know that we hush ourselves in the serious moments of life.
I felt a “whisper moment” come over me in the ICU room that night. There was a sweet spirit there as I held my friend’s hand. I listened to the hum of the machines. Could hear the tick-tock of the clock on the wall. Found myself surprised by the sound of my mumbled prayers breaking the silence. I wanted us to share Jesus like we had during Bible study, and found that I was overwhelmed by the presence of God. And in that precious silence, the thought struck me that I’ve known Jesus more clearly, more assuredly, and far more passionately in the whisper moments of life than I’d found in the everyday walking with Him.
We storytellers are on the lookout for story everywhere. Facts become fodder in a writer’s brain. Sights become scenes. And new experiences? Look out! They’re probably going to end up in a book one day. But when I’m looking for true heart-deep emotions to put into the stories I write, it’s the whisper moments that always get me. They draw me in, pulling me away from the flash and frenzy of this fast-paced world we live in. And I’m reminded how real Jesus is in the valleys. How faithful He remains. And surprisingly – how involved He wants to be in our every moment– not just the tough ones.
It’s normal to turn to Him when the big stuff happens. I don’t know of a single person walking into an ICU room who wouldn’t feel how big and important and hushed that moment is. But what I want to constantly remind myself is that it shouldn’t take a whisper moment to draw me near to Him. I want to tell the best story I can – by living out the life He’s given me – and make every minute count. Each day is an opportunity to draw near to Him. Whether it’s in friendship, a hospital visit, stumbling through tears and prayers, or just in the quiet time I spend in the morning with my Bible and a cup of coffee…
Whisper moments can be beautiful. Sometimes painful. Always meaningful. And we’ll remember them, because we are so near to the heart of God when they occur. That’s the inspiration for me today… The story we’re writing with Him can be a lifetime of whisper moments, if we’ll just invite Him in.
Kristy is offering a signed copy of The Butterfly and the Violin to one reader who comments with an answer to the question on today’s post:
When have you found God near – in the whisper moments, in the everyday, or both?
The contest is open through Thursday, July 23, and the winner will be chosen on the following day. This person will be contacted via email address, so please include your email address in your comment. This contest is only open to U.S. residents, due to shipping costs. The winner will be announced on next week's article.
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Kristy's latest novel:
A Sparrow in Terezin
Readers, doesn't Kristy's son seem wise beyond his years? I'll have to keep my eye out for those whisper moments in my life... and see the ways in which God wants to be active in my life. I look forward to rising to the challenge. Thank you, Kristy, for hanging out with us at Writing to Inspire, and for sharing your heart. Thank you, also, for such amazing stories as Butterfly and Sparrow.