"Hi, this is Tyler. I’m haying my parent’s field right now listening to KLRC and I have to tell you what just happened.”
When I answered the phone that morning, I had no idea who would be on the line. It was 18 year-old Tyler. A new firefighter who loves his job. A son who helps his parents out on the farm. A young man who was just diagnosed with glaucoma.
Tyler started telling me the story of how he had recently found out that he would lose his eyesight. That there didn’t seem to be anything they could do for him medically.
I have a son the same age as Tyler and in that moment all I could think about was how I would respond if it was my son that had just heard that news. My heart was broken.
Tyler continued his story, "I’m in the tractor praying, asking God to help me when I heard the song playing on KLRC ‘even if the healing doesn’t come.’” Tyler went on to tell me that he felt like God was with him right there in that moment. That He was reminding him that he would be okay, even if he lost his eyesight.
Tyler called just to let us know that God had sent the right song at the right time for him.
I asked Tyler if I could pray for him before we hung up. Asked him if I could share his story with our listeners so that they could pray too. He said yes to both. We prayed together and I posted his request on the prayer center at KLRC.com where listeners came together to pray for and encourage Tyler.
A few weeks went by and I found myself at the eye doctor with my daughter, I overheard someone talking about a test for glaucoma and was reminded of Tyler. I wondered how he was doing, asked God to continue to walk with him and heal him. The next day when I arrived in the office I had a voice mail from Tyler. He just wanted to call to tell us that he had a follow up appointment with his doctor and was given a completely clean bill of health! God had healed Tyler’s eyes!!
Y’all, God completely healed Tyler’s eyes!
Whenever I think about Tyler and what God is doing in his life I think about Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Affliction will come to all of us, but there is hope in the middle of those seasons. Tyler found that hope in Jesus. He found the patience to endure in the lyrics to a song. And he endured faithfully in prayer with his community.
I’m continually astonished by how God orchestrates the details of our lives, the big ones and the small ones, and how those moments join together to remind us that we’re not in this battle alone, and that we serve a God who still answers prayer!