I first heard the song "Hey World" right before my daughter was rushed to the hospital so sick she was not expected to live. I cannot honestly say that I was thinking about this song in those first few hours but was rather praying in desperation for God to save her life or ,based on the twenty plus years she has been suffering, to pick her up in His loving arms and take her home.
Because the situation was so dire, I didn't leave the hospital the first or second nights which, of course, meant - no sleep, but as she stabilized just a bit on the third day, I came home exhausted, distraught and discouraged, literally falling into bed.
During this same time J.R. Hood had been working with my husband in our studio on a new song called "Hey World". I had heard it a couple of times as the production was progressing but was obviously not thinking about studio work when I collapsed into bed. However, when I woke up, I heard this song as clearly as if it were being performed right in the next room. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body and soul. And love one another like sisters and brothers forgiving each other, oh." Suddenly, a surge of supernatural peace, hope, and encouragement flooded my soul. A realization occurred that this situation was not about my daughter or me, it was about loving God and loving people right here - right now IN this time of suffering.
Overnight - the dreadful sound of the ventilator and the tubes coming in and going out all over my child's body and the tiny dark room became my Bethlehem. Yes, Bethlehem - when God shows up in unexpected places and ordinary faces and you can see Him if you just look for Him.
The song had reminded me that everything is a God thing and I need to be about my Father's business at all times. HE reminded me that every person who entered that room was a real person with a real life and real feelings and in a place where most hospital personnel are subjected to being yelled at and treated as objects to vent one's frustrations to, we were able to treat them with kindness and love through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I am certainly not condemning any family member for how they behave or what words they speak whenthey or someone they love are in the intensive care unit. I AM saying that because I really realized through the power of the Spirit of the Lord that THIS was an opportunity to love Him and to love people - the reaction of every person who came into the room was tremendous.
And....oh the stories we heard. People poured their hearts out and then poured their hearts into taking care of Candy. She has never been treated with more dignity and love than during this hospital visit. I can't tell you the reason all this occurred nor that it was easy - I can say with great conviction - if we all lived our life every day following what Jesus called the greatest commandment of all, that the world would be completely different than it is now. It would be a wonderful place. I can also encourage you to make a conscious effort to never miss YOUR Bethlehem. (God with us).