“When I discovered a suspicious lump in my right breast, I was consumed by terror. My mother had died of breast cancer when I was a teen and my older sister had battled and conquered the disease. I was so afraid, I couldn’t even lift my worry in prayer…to pray on it meant it was real.
“Barely able to concentrate at work, I used my lunch break to take a walk. I knew I had to call my doctor and make an appointment, but I kept putting it off.
“‘Excuse me,’ a haggard man said, wearing tattered clothes and a knit cap. ‘May I share a verse with you?’
“I held back, frightened at first. But as soon as I made eye contact and saw the well-loved Bible in his hand, all unease melted away. There was a calm in his gaze and a pull I couldn’t resist. With a nod, I watched as he opened the Holy Book.
“‘Isaiah 41:10,’ he said. ‘Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’
“How could he have known I needed those words? I thanked him, lightly touching his arm, then went to make the appointment I’d been postponing.
“Once I underwent tests and found out the lump was a harmless cyst, I longed to find that man and tell him how much he helped me that day. I searched and searched yet never saw him again, but from that day on, I held him in prayer thanking God for His timely messenger.”
—Colleen Stevens, 56, Albany, NY