We all need them sometimes. I love those moments when all of sudden everybody is quiet and the busyness comes to a full stop.
One of those moments is our prayer moments in the Operating Theatre before surgery. Before we start surgery we pray with the patient or over the patient if the patient is already asleep. For people who know what working in an Operating Theatre is like, you know that there is a lot to be done and prepared before a surgery can begin. You hear people talking, giving orders and instructions. You hear the noises from opening sterile items (plastic packages), you hear the noise of running water from the people scrubbing, and you hear the beeping from the monitors. Then all of sudden there is silence, only the beeping continues… time for prayer. A moment in which we realise its not us bringing healing, it’s not by our wisdom, its God, the ultimate Healer whom we need to come down and help us. We are the instruments in His Hands.
2 weeks ago I had another one of these silent moments in a whole different setting. With our devotional group from Cure Hospital we went to visit the prison in Thyolo, to reach out to the prisoners, to share the gospel, to sing songs and to bring gifts like plastic plates, cutlery, and cups, soap, sugar, bread and books. The Thyolo prison keeps about 200 prisoners for all kind of offenses but only for a maximum of 7 years. Offenses are ranging from stealing, to rape to murder and everything in between. I was a bit nervous before going, but actually it wasn’t scary at all. We were welcomed by the officers and led into the courtyard. There the prisoner sang us a welcome song. 200 man singing… amazing! What a voices! Better than any choir I’ve ever heard! But then… silence! A moment of prayer. It was quiet, so quiet; you could almost hear the silence. After the prayer, people started worshipping the Lord. From a moment of silence into a moment where a lot of voices were worshipping together in their own language, in their own words! After this one of my collegues shared the gospel with them. Most of the prisoners responded to the Word and it’s my prayer they will stand firm when temptation comes. It’s my prayer they will one day not only be physically free but also spiritually free!