Parish read my post about your homecoming. Remember when I was pregnant with Vivian Grace? I was so scared I would have a miscarriage. We had been through so much heartache and loss. I asked Parish to pray for our baby’s name. At that time we did not know if it would be a girl or boy. He immediately went to pray in the backroom of our house on Farm Field Court. Oh my gosh, dad, I’m literally laughing writing this. Guess what I was doing? Folding clothes in the bedroom. I guess it’s my “go to” when I’m wrestling with something! Who knows?! I do find it humorous the connection between my folding laundry before checking on you. God knew. He has a great sense of humor. Parish came back to me and said, I heard God’s voice gently say, “Vivian”. I was astonished! We looked up the meaning of Vivian in our baby name book, and it gave the definition of “Alive, lively!” God was saying to us that Vivian would live! When Parish read my post “homecoming” , he said it reminded him of his experience, and he confirmed that the small, still voice was Jesus.
From Parish today:
That voice calling you… “Anna?… Anna?” I’ve heard it before. Gentle, as familiar as your own voice. The same voice that called Elijah.
And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-12 – KJV)
That WAS God calling you. Not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire, but in the still small voice. The NIV calls it a gentle whisper. Through that day, we went through the wind, and earthquake, and fire. But God chose to speak to you in the quiet hours. His comforting voice, spoken to you.
Dad, isn’t that so cool?! I can only imagine you in heaven watching all this. I am amazed how, through the years, if we seek Him, He will show up in mighty ways, and in subtle ways that we don’t understand until later. I’m trusting Him for more connections. I asked God in my prayer time why the voice reminded me of my mother’s voice, and He reminded me of this scripture:
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted…”
Oh how He comforts us in ways that speak to our soul in that moment. These are lovely moments to treasure and keep close.
Parish shared this song, too. He said he would learn the song on guitar, and we could sing together. Listen out for our next duet!
See you soon….