Never Underestimate God

By Adele M. Gill

 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,”  declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 29:12-14

Never underestimate God! About 2 years ago, I got shingles on my face, just above my right eye. I was sent to the local hospital ER by my doctor, in hopes that it was something minor, perhaps just a rash on my face. By the time I got there, my right eye had fully swollen shut. It was quite uncomfortable, and after waiting hours in the ER waiting room, they admitted me for round-the-clock IV antibiotic and antiviral treatments.

Waiting It Out

I was there in the hospital for 3 days getting constant IV therapy, and by the third day, my right eye had been closed for 4 days, and my left eye was also almost closed completely shut from the infection. However, before they discharged me home with oral antibiotics with a sort of ‘wait and see’ approach, the doctor came in to my room. What he said next was extremely upsetting and unexpected. He told me the shingles had caused the spread of cellulitis to both eye’s eyelids, and that I could easily lose my eye sight altogether in both eyes. I just needed to wait it out. He said it was going to be a long road to healing, and he really hoped I did not lose my sight completely from it, but time would tell…

God: You Can Do This!

Shortly after, I was alone in my hospital room that day, and crest-fallen. “How could this be?” I thought. My mind was racing with the ‘What-ifs.’ Shortly after the doctor left, I began to cry and cry hard with complete abandon. Then I heard myself praying out loud saying, “God! You are the Great Healer! Please do something…NOW! You can do this! I implore you, save my sight in the name of Jesus Christ, I am asking you!”

Relief: I Knew God Heard My Plea

A short while after my urgent, desperate prayer, my friend, Adele, came to visit unexpectedly. She saw I was distraught and said, “We are going to pray right now.” She said a fervent prayer on my behalf, I calmed down, and we started to talk. About ½ hour later, as we talked, my right eye slowly opened, then my left! At that point, it was the first time in 4 days that I could open that eye and see out of it, and I knew God had heard my cry for help. I pray I never underestimate God again. He really is in the miracle business!

The Ironic Twist

When the nurse came in, I asked her to tell the doctor what happened, and asked that he return to my room. And he did. I told him what happened, and I suspect he was a man of faith. He was jubilant with us! After I went home that day, my eyes continued to heal, and I did not lose my sight. In fact, the next month, my 5th book was published with a ‘coincidental’ twist on what had just happened. My book was called:

‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You’

Have you ever cried out to God to help you? Aloud or in the silence of your heart, He hears our impassioned pleas for His help. Even though I pray throughout the day most days, I obviously underestimated what God would do for me for the asking.


Sometimes it’s a little too easy to think that God, The Great Healer and Comforter, and  Savior, our help in times of trouble is too busy to hear our anguished pleas. Perhaps we need to turn to him at all times, especially when we are in the thick of things and invite Him in, and  pray with confidence trusting that ‘He’s got this!’

My conclusion? We need to never underestimate God. Pray and ask for whatever you need, no matter how big or small your request, and stand on the following scripture:

 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,”   declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 12-14


© Copyright 2020   |   Adele M. Gill

About the Author

Adele M. Gill is a graduate of the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Nursing, and a retired RN. She is a certified community Chaplain with the St. James College Seminary/American Chaplain Training Institute, and serves in Outreach to the homeless, and those in most need. Adele is the founder/author of The Inspiration Café Blog, an inspirational blog, and the author of six books including, ‘How to Go From Broken to Blest,’ due for publication in spring, 2020, will be available on Amazon. 

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