I opened my mouth in an attempt to sing, but my voice creaked like the hinges of a rusty iron gate. I panicked! I tried different songs, but I could not get the pitch right. It sounded as though my vocal cords had locked themselves in a particular position to produce the same screechy hoarse tone every time I tried. I could not believe that I had lost my voice!
I had just started a new ministry. A few days before being discharged from Sturgeon Hospital, I met with the hospital chaplain who had come to visit my terminally ill roommate. He found me seated by my roommate’s bedside and I was singing gospel songs to help him get his mind off the pain. When the chaplain heard me sing, he suggested that I join him on Wednesdays to do “Sing-Along” for patients. I accepted the proposal, and a week later I became one of the pastoral volunteers visiting patients to pray and sing for them.
For three months, all went well. Every Wednesday, I would go to sing until one fateful day, as I tried to practice for the following week I discovered I could not hit certain notes, which were ordinarily in my vocal range. I thought it would pass, but the situation only got worse until I completely lost my singing voice.
On the Tuesday before my next singing engagement, I knelt in my Prayer Room and cried to my God, "Lord you cannot allow this to happen! I believe you called me for this sing-along ministry. If I lose my voice, then I will have nothing to give to your children. Please Father restore my voice. I know that this is not too hard for you."
The following Wednesday morning, I took a leap of faith and drove to the hospital, not sure what was going to happen. “God I need a miracle, please send your angels to sing with me” I silently prayed as I nervously watched the patients make themselves comfortable in anticipation of an hour of praise in song.
When I finally opened my mouth to sing, I was pleasantly amazed at the melodious sound that came out. God in His kindness and mercy answered my prayers just when needed!
Nurses and patients alike complimented me and all I could say was “Glory to God!” As I drove back home, I marveled at the goodness of God and faithfulness in fulfilling His promise to answer and show me great and unsearchable things that I do not know.
Call to Action
Are you experiencing a seemingly impossible situation in your life? God’s invitation to call upon Him still stands. He wants you to believe His word and prove your faith by acting upon it. Will you cry out to Him today?
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.