21st October 2020

God Speaks To Us 

“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.”
Psalm 94:19 (NKJV)

Gary died at home in his sleep on the 13th of June 2020 of double pneumonia and liver disease. He had been terminally ill for some time so it was expected but still a shock. It is a very sad thing to outlive your child. Of course, as after any death, those left behind think of the things they should have said or not said and have many regrets of what might have been.

Just over a week after his death, we were sitting with a friend in her garden chatting. She has a lovely terrace overlooking the fields and woods and we often go there for a chat and a cup of tea. Andrea has trained as a councillor. We had given her Gary’s eulogy to read and even though she had never met Gary, she said, “You know this sounds to me like someone with very mild aspergers syndrome.” As soon as she said that, both my husband and I looked at each other and suddenly everything seemed to fall into place. As we continued to chat, a rather unusual moth landed on the stonework path in front of us. I remember remarking at the time how like the shape of an aeroplane it was, with wings closed in a delta-shape like a Concorde. Gary loved aeroplanes and knew a lot about them.

That evening we went home and looked up Aspergers and also found the moth on Google, which turned out to be a Scarlet Tiger Moth! Gary also loved tigers and had one on his flying jacket as well as in his email address! The following day, we sat down to relax in the sitting room and the same moth flew across the room in front of us and settled on the window. This felt to us like a message of comfort from God. Reading this account, you may laugh and say it was pure coincidence, but I believe that God speaks to us in many way and sends us comfort through His Word, but also through other people and even through nature in a powerful way that speaks to our souls.  Elijah was listening for God’s voice in 1 Kings 19:11-12, and it did not come in the earthquake or the storm but in a still small voice.

In his last phone call with his father, Gary said, “I love you Dad.” Something he had never said before, and we felt on that day that love had been shown in a gentle but spectacular way.

Prayer
Father in Heaven, thank you for the comfort you send to us when we are troubled or grieving. Let us listen for your still small voice that speaks to our souls through the Your word, the wisdom of friends and through the beauty of your creation.
Amen

Study by Hilary Wells

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About the Author:
Hilary Wells is a member of the Bournemouth Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local  Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God, Bournemouth
St. Leonards and St. Ives Village Hall
Braeside Road
St. Leonards
RINGWOOD
BH24 2PH

Meeting time:
Every other Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
David Silcox
Phone:  01727-893237
Email: david_silcox@wcg.org.uk

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