Following my secret Companioncomment (0)
August 5, 2004
By Betty Baggott
Kevin Thomas Toussaint was born July 26. Thank you again for your prayers and encouragement.
Five weeks ago I came to California to be with my daughter, Autumn. For those who may have missed earlier articles, Autumn and her husband, Chris, have been such an inspiration to many as they have shared through a Web page their total dependance on God as they awaited the birth of their son Kevin. He was diagnosed with spina bifida, which is a birth defect in which the spinal column has a narrow opening. Baby Kevin has been a part of a study for spina bifida babies. Thus, this is the reason for our being in San Francisco at the University of California at San Francisco Hospital. Tremendous progress has been made in this area, and they were fortunate to be accepted in the study. I could not fathom how much more I would learn about my “secret Companion.”
I borrow from E. Stanley Jones’ book “Abundant Living.” He wrote, “We must learn to live in time and in eternity simultaneously.”
He goes on to quote a Chinese missionary. “When I am out for months where no one of my race is found, I am not lonely, I have a secret companionship.”
How much I agree with Jones. “If the time side of life is amiss, then the eternity side holds us steady and lets us relax ‘in spite of.’”
I call Him my secret Companion as you cannot see Him, but He holds me steady when life’s storms rage.
I read over and over again Daniel 3:24–25: “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished and rose up in haste, and said unto his counsellors, ‘Did we not cast three men bound in the midst of the fire?’
They answered and said unto the king, ‘True, O King.’ He answered and said, ‘I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.’”
I have based my life on the knowledge that Jesus is my friend. One may not always see Him but when I fail He lifts me up to try again. When there is grief He gives me peace. Through His love He reminds us that with faith all things are possible.
What a Friend
While staying at the family house, (a home where parents reside who have children as patients in the hospital), I have observed the gamut of emotions. I have experienced everything from an expectant mom going through a true test of faith to watching others dealing with the dreaded disease of cancer in their children.
With the secret Companion there is a belief that God still can perform miracles and if the miracle they have prayed for does not happen, they still trust and know that God does things in His own time. God will answer our prayers in His own way.
My secret Companion compels believers to share with doubters their ways of encouragement.
Outside the walls of the family home there were hippies, madams, immigrants, politicians, bankers, sailors, socialites and beggars.
My Companion compels me to smile and speak as I walk to the grocery store. Some respond; others stare like ice. When was the last time someone smiled at them?
One woman looked so haggard. She stared at me and I paused. We had an exchange of words on a lonely street in San Francisco. There were tears in my eyes as I wondered about her life. Had I not been looking through the eyes of my secret Companion, I would not have cared.
The sign read “Archangel Bookstore,” so I walked inside. The clerk and I talked about our faiths — this was a Christian Orthodox store. She seemed to welcome a discussion with this Baptist lady.
I went to the back of the store and sat quietly. The area was once a small chapel. The clerk explained that people of all denominations find their way into what seemed like a refuge from the city. I marveled at the sweet communion my Companion and I had. I said a prayer for baby Kevin who was not yet born and for his mom and dad —I thanked God for how my own daughter had ministered to me.
Once again I have been taught about the faithfulness of God. We praise God for what has happened so far. Kevin had an operation July 27 to close the opening on his back, and it went very well. God is so good. He answers prayers and will continue to do so.