MEET LESLIE Part 5

Blog 41 May 22, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

STOP! Got a road sign for you. This is the last blog until June 12. Sorry, but I’ll be traveling and out of the country. As you probably know, I work with Pope Francis as his Apostolic Representative For Christian Unity. I travel all over creation talking with Catholics and Protestants about the possibility of “unity without uniformity.” That idea suggests we can be friends and fellow travelers even if some of our beliefs and perspectives are different. On June 4, Pentecost Sunday, we will gather on the Piazza in front of Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

I’ll be back on June 12 with an update for you.

Now, on to Leslie. She discovered that angels have the capacity to intervene but do so only if it is for the highest good and honors free will. In her experience, angels don’t have “egos” and we cannot make them angry. Rather than saying “don’t do it,” they offer guidance and counsel. They never interfere with free will and only offer guidance. When Leslie asked about the nature of God, in contrast to what she had heard in church as a child, they showed her a “being” of loving light with hands that turned into angels. Angels are the hands of God. The hands can intervene unexpectedly.

For example, Rita Jester’s son David was killed in a car wreck. The fact that a careless driver crossed two lanes and hit him head-on wrecked her faith and created bitterness. Rita turned to lawyers for retribution. They told her it would be necessary for her to look at gruesome pictures of her dead son during the trial. Sitting in the lawyer’s office, Rita writhed in agony, wrestling with whether it was possible for her to endure seeing those terrible pictures. She couldn’t make a decision. Her son had been her best friend. Rita began crying out, “David, help me.”

At that moment, Leslie Draper was driving down the highway. Abruptly, she was emotionally overwhelmed and had to pull over to the side. Without knowing why, Leslie knew she had to call this number rolling around in her head and tell the person who answered, “not to do it.” She dialed.

Rita Jester had no listing. She had no idea how the party calling could get her phone number. Leslie’s voice said, “don’t do it. I believe the angels are telling you not to do it.”

Leslie had no idea what the message meant. She was simply obedient.

Greatly relieved, Rita Jester knew she had heard a message from God. After canceling the lawsuit, she went home with her faith renewed.

The recovery of direction was extraordinary for Rita; normal for Leslie.

SEE YOU JUNE 12!

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MEET SUSAN

Blog 32 March 20, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

Susan Conway is one of those beautiful persons that as you get to know her you realize she is even more beautiful on the inside. Today she is a highly successful real estate agent and utterly devoted to her three children.

As she was playing with her infant son James, Susan abruptly realized the Virgin Mary was standing in the room watching her. Growing up in a conservative evangelical church, such appearances did not happen! No one she knew believed in the possibility. But, there she was.

Mary said to Susan, “As I held my baby, I knew he would die a horrible death.”

Susan remembered the Bible said, “But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Did this mean that Mary had a sense of what would eventually happen in the crucifixion? Susan worried that the Virgin Mary was communicating that she did. As unexpected as she had come, Mary was gone.

This experience both startled and inspired Susan. For the first time, she sensed there was much, much more going on in the Christian faith than just showing up on Sunday and being moral. The door had been opened to a dimension Susan had never known. The appearance of Mary was miraculous. Thirty-one-years later that experience came back to her.

James, now a grown man, had gotten himself in a bind. He was struggling financially and his faith had gone south. He owed $4,000 in a building situation and saw no way to pay it back. James was at the end of his rope and didn’t know what to do. Susan’s first concern for her son was that he needed a restoration of his faith. How could that happen?

Susan’s encounter with the Virgin Mary came back to mind. Remembering that appearance of Mary, she began praying for a restoration of James’s faith as well as the resolution of his debt.

Susan’s prayer was different this time. In a new way, she wasn’t simply telling God about a problem. She was focusing divine energy on a need. If the Virgin Mary had been able to perceive the future, Susan reasoned she too might in someway reach ahead into a need that at that moment didn’t appear to have any resolution. With a different focus of her prayer, Susan began interceding for James’s.

On Easter morning, the contractor sent James a note telling him that he was canceling the debt as a witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Not only was James’s financial issue solved, his need for faith was addressed. James was profoundly touched.

Susan knew a miracle had brought a new approach that opened the door.

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Phyllis

Blog 26, 2017 February 6, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

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At age twenty-four, Phyllis had three children. She had come out of a home where her parents struggled with alcoholism. To escape those problems, she married at age seventeen. With the coming of three children was also the awareness that her husband had been a poor selection. Phyllis considered him the handsomest man she had ever seen, but finally realized that he not only didn’t provide help for the family, he never would. The needs of the children and the failure of the marriage left Phyllis in bottomless despair. Phyllis decided to kill herself.

After putting the children to bed for the night, Phyllis went into the bathroom and filled the bathtub with almost intolerably hot water. She found a razor blade to slit her wrist and climbed into the nearly boiling water.

As she settled against the back of the tub, suddenly she began to speak. Her mouth moved. But it wasn’t her voice. Phyllis was speaking in a masculine voice – she wasn’t producing what her ears were hearing. A force within her was producing the words she heard. The “voice” began affirming her worth. Phyllis had never felt valuable to anyone and now was being told that she had great value. Her merit and usefulness were proclaimed in detail. Words came out of her mouth explaining the struggles that she had lived through as child. The mystery of her parent’s alcoholism was resolved and she realized facets of their problem that she had never known. Each of the difficulties of her life were unraveled and she began to see purpose that she wouldn’t have dreamed existed.

Almost in a trance, Phyllis’s “voice” explained the adversities she had faced and kept affirming her worth, her value for the future. Over and over, her importance for tomorrow was described. Deep within her welled up a new sense of usefulness, significance, and merit. Her life was of a far greater importance than she could have ever realized. She pushed the razor blade away and recognized she had a place in the world and an important assignment to fill. Phyllis no longer wanted to kill herself. She had to live.

Her voice stopped. No more words came out of her mouth. And the bathtub water had become cold.

Phyllis went on to become a friend to the poor of the Appalachian Mountains, helping struggling people believe they could rise above their station in life and hope for a better day. Because she was part of the plan of God, Phyllis touched hundreds of lives.

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Blog 24, 2017 January 23, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

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            Christy Clark started running a fever of 105 and became so sick she couldn’t drive herself to the emergency room at the local hospital. She placed a damp washcloth on her forehead and fell back into a sleep. Without any idea of how long she had been in a troubled sleep, Christy felt herself being awakened by a beautiful bright white glowing angel. With long white flowing hair, the angel seemed to be female.

The angel reached down and took Christy’s hand, helping her raise out of bed. When Christy looked back, she could see herself laying in the bed with a washcloth still on her forehead. The angel led her straight through the bedroom wall. As they floated through, vibrant colored lights like sparklers flashed reds, yellows, greens. The journey with the angel led her to a magnificently beautiful place covered with bright white light. At the other end was an even brighter white arched open doorway guarded by a different angel.

Christy peered through the entryway and saw the forms of people walking by that she knew were human souls. They smiled and waved to her, motioning for her to come in with them, and Christy felt she belonged there. Everything about and from her physical life no longer mattered. All she could think about was entering this beautiful space with them. Like the pull of a strong magnet, she felt her soul being tugged through the archway.

The white-haired angel floated back close to Christy’s side and told her that they had to return. Christy protested that she didn’t want to leave this beautiful place. The angel explained that Christy still had a great deal of work to do on earth and many people needed her help. It simply wasn’t her time. The angel took her hand and started leading her away.

Suddenly, Christy was back in her room standing in front of her body, still sleeping with the towel on her face. One minute Christy was outside and the next back in her body. Christy still felt sick, but the fever had broken.

She had heard about out of body and near-death encounters, but remains quite certain what she experienced was not a hallucination. Her night journey to heaven remained as real as everything around her. All fear of death was gone.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday, January 2, 2017

            I’m flying North with Santa Claus and won’t be back until after New Years. All of which means I’ll be off the page until January 9. HOWEVER —

Here’s what’s coming! In addition to my current two blogs, [WISE ON THE MIDDLE EAST and MIRACLES NEVER CEASE] beginning on January 18, 2017, I will start a 30 minute radio talk show that you can tune in through your computer. If you appreciate my blog Miracles Never Cease (miraclesnevercease.wordpress.com) you will enjoy the expansion and elaboration on these stories.

  • You will discover what I’ve been learning as I talk with people who experienced divine interventions.
  • You will find inspiration.
  • You’ll realize new insights. Here’s how you tune in! Text blog talk radio.com/ Robert Wise. Turn your speaker on any time of the day and you will receive the program. Sound Simple! It is! EACK WEEK YOU’LL BE CHALLENGED AND INSPIRED
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Art Believes in Angels

Blog 21 December 19, 2016 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

Art Shaw is a fascinating guy. At age 95, he is a retired Army Colonel who fought in World War II and all the conflicts that followed. Art received a serious back injury that required a spinal fusion from L1 to S1. Twenty-two units of blood were needed. A team of doctors and nurses was required to move him in the bed. Of course, any motion was extremely painful. Nevertheless, what the staff called a “log roll” was necessary to prevent pneumonia.

In the middle of the night, Art heard a voice call his name. “Art, it’s time to log roll.” No one was in the room. The voice came again. Because of the pain and serious possible complications, Art knew how difficult it would be. “Art, do what I tell you and your won’t be hurt.” Art intuitively knew to obey.

He opened his eyes and saw something like a black tube extending into infinity. At the top was a bright, concentrated light. With the instruction to turn over came the assurance that they would help him do so. He made the log roll and went back to sleep.

Later in the night the voice called again. “Art, it’s time to roll.” The same assurance that he would be helped was there. He turned over. Easily.

When his wife Joan arrived the next morning, Art told her that he turned over twice.

“Impossible!” she insisted. “You couldn’t have!”

She rushed out of the room to confront the nurse. “What are you giving him?” she forcefully inquired. “What drugs? What pain killers? Is he hallucinating?”

The nurse frowned. “What are you talking about? We didn’t give him any additional medications last night.

Joan dragged the nurse and her assistants back to his room. “He couldn’t have turned by himself! The pain would be too great. Too dangerous. But look!”

The nurse stared for a moment and then ran for the doctor. Dr. Shephard came in. Astonished! There was no medical explanation for how Art Shaw could have been repositioned – but it had happened – twice.

The angel continued to speak several other times. “Art, you will be alright. You’ll be okay.

When Art told me this story, he was relating how he had come to know that a guardian angel was with him. Like a voice speaking inside his head, when his name was called direction followed. Today at important times, Art’s angel always shows up and gives him the orientation that he needs.

Art told me that the Angel always has the same particular tone in voice. Distinct. Individual. Whenever the voice sounds, Art knows who is speaking and listens.

Believe in Angels? Art certainly does.

A MIRACLE IN THE SNOW

Blog 19 December 5, 2016 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

Genesis 16:7-14 describes an angel visiting Hagar, telling her she would have a wild son named Ishmael. From the sound of the story, the angel appeared like a human and would have looked like any of us. In many of the previous blogs, I have described experiences in which angels could be heard speaking through someone’s mind, but were never seen. However, that’s only one dimension to the story. Here’s another type of experience.

My good friend Joe L. Wheeler wrote My Favorite Angel Stories (Pacific Press) describing such an encounter. Kari Surdahl relates she and her mother were traveling to Rapid City, South Dakota when a blizzard struck. Subzero temperatures made the weather extremely dangerous. Kari had slowed down to a crawl when the explosive bang shook the car.

A tire had gone flat!

Kari knew that the freezing temperature made changing the tire dangerous, but they had no alternative. The spare tire had to be put on for them to keep going. And keep going they must in the icy weather.

Kari reasoned that by jumping in and out of car she could keep warm, but snow would have to be brushed away from under the car. The task would be perilous.

With all of her might she tried to turn the wrench and loosen the lug nut. Nothing moved. Kari threw all of her weight on the tool. Nothing. She knew they were in big trouble. She and her mother would freeze to death!

But when Keri told her mother, she got an unexpected response. “The Lords knows our desperate need at this time,” she shouted into the whistling, brutal wind. “Let’s kneel down beside this flat tire and ask him to help us.” Mother an daughter knelt in the snow and called for divine intervention.

As their prayer ended, the bright lights of a pickup truck came up the road. A man who looked like a rancher got out of the truck and offered to help. As Kari watched he turned the wrench effortlessly. She was amazed. The man quickly had the spare on and wished them well.

Kari and her mother were astonished. It had all happened so quickly and completely. They got out of the car to thank him, but he wasn’t there. He’d probably gotten back in his pickup. They went around to the back. There was no pickup. He couldn’t have left without them seeing him go. They looked again.

There were no tire tracks. No sign was left in the snow. The truck and the man just suddenly vanished.

Mother and daughter got back in their car and realized what had happened. An angel had saved their lives.

Miracle or Divine Intervention?

BLOG 9 September 12, 3016

For the purposes of this blog, I am making a distinction. A miracle is a Divine Intervention; a Divine Intervention is not necessarily a miracle. While the two categories are used interchangeably, fundamentally a miracle is an undeniable supra-natural event that radically changes something. A Divine Intervention is an act of God but less noticeable and more in the natural realm. The condition can return. For example, a blind child receiving her sight is a miracle. A nudge in your thinking to call a friend only to discover a desperate need is a divine intervention. The touch of God occurs all the time though we tend to miss it. However, a miracle cannot go unnoticed. I hope I am increasing your sensitivity to discover both expressions of the Holy Spirit.

Joanie is a Research Analyst who confirms agency compliance with a major charity. For a number of years, she struggled with immobility in her knees. The pain in her knees was a constant problem and an Orthopedic doctor had diagnosed osteoarthritis and noted the right knee had no cartilage left. The only possible medical offering was a knee replacement.

During a Sunday morning worship service on May 31st, 2015, a visiting bishop spoke at her church. Known for his powerful prayers, he invited the membership to come forward for a time of special prayer following the morning Service of Holy Communion. She had studied biblical passages that promised healing following the orthopedic prognosis. She found in II Kings 20:5 the promise, “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.” Joanie immediately came forward and ask for prayer for her knees.

The bishop often anoints believers with oil as the scripture describes and lays on hands. On this morning, he made the sign of the cross on both of her knees. Joanie quickly felt the impact. While the cartilage had gone from her knee, during the prayer she felt a sensation like a powerful hot fluid was running through her knee joints. As the bishop prayed for her, he felt this result was occurring. Joanie’s faith was quickened. Her faith in what God can do increased and a more profound sense of what the Lord was doing followed. She knew the heavenly Father was touching her at a deep level. After the service, she still sensed some pain but knew she was much better. The physical limitation in both knees lessened. She could walk further and drive with less pain. She didn’t need the knee replacement.

Miracle or divine intervention? I’ll leave the decision with you although I’d call it a divine intervention. Aspects of the problem would probably return from time to time for Joanie, but the Holy Spirit had certainly made a difference.

Keep looking, expecting, and praying. Divine Interventions happen everyday.