THE TOTALLY UNEXPECTED

Blog 218

October 25, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

THE TOTALLY UNEXPECTED

Ed Wilkinson’s background in neuropsychology convinced him that faith was a neurosis employed to avoid reality. Then his eight-year- old son got sick.

On November 1984 Brad Wilkinson was diagnosed with two holes in his heart which also impaired his lungs. Surgency was immediately scheduled.

As the time of the operation came closer, Brad began giving away his toys. His parents could tell that he doubted his own survival. One day he asked his father, “Am I going to die?”  His father told him that people survived this procedure but to be honest some didn’t.

“Can Jesus heal me?” Brad asked.

Ed blanched at the question and said he’d have to get back to him.  After a couple of days of anguished prayer, Ed studied Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through him who strengthen me.” Ed was able to tell his son that God does heal. If this didn’t happen in Brad’s case, they still had the hope of eternal life. When a visiting pastor came, He asked Brad if he believed God could heal him. Brad said he did and they prayed together.

Before his surgery at the University of Missouri hospital, tests were performed. The operation was expected to take four hours. However, after an hour, the surgeon called for Ed to look at two x-rays. The earlier one showed the two holes in his heart. The second x-ray showed a wall of some sort where the holes had been sealed shut.

“I have never seen this before,” the surgeon said. “Gone.”

There was no misdiagnosis as the first film demonstrated. “You can count this as a miracle,” the doctor concluded. “Somebody somewhere must have been praying.”

Today Brad is in his thirties with a family and business of his own. He has never had any heart or lung problems since.

Ed has changed his mind about miracles and healing.

Having spent a number of years collecting and studying miracle stories, I discovered some are instantaneous and others take much longer. Some are expected; others unexpected. There is no formula to explain when and where they occur. The bottom line? Ed found it. “I can do all things through him who strengthen me.”

Expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

MAN ON FIRE can be ordered at the local book store. I can make copies available at:

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PO Box 22716 , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731203

Cost is $15.00 plus the shipping fee.

I hope you’ll avail yourself of this inspiring story!

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE,

where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

WHEN SLEEP COMES WITH A PROMISE  

Blog 213

September 20, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

WHEN SLEEP COMES WITH A PROMISE    

Recently a friend shared a story that touched my memory. At the time I was living in Laguna Beach, California when a nurse at the hospital called. A member of the church, she knew that I spoke Spanish and wanted to know if I could help the nursing staff with a child dying with cancer. The child’s parents came from Mexico and could not even speak Spanish. Their native language was a Zapotec dialect from the mountains in southern Mexico. Consequently, the nurse had virtually no communication with them. The staff needed help and wanted me to interpret.

The child had bumps all over her body where the cancer had created lumps under her skin. Nurse Dinah said the small girl was in considerable pain and had almost no time left. They hoped I could make some connection with the parents as well as help the child with her pain. I immediately left for the hospital, drove up the coast, and quickly found the room. I walked in with intimidation not knowing what I would find and fearing the worst. Maybe, we couldn’t communicate at all.

The parents were in tears and we fumbled with words as I tried to offer consolation. I could tell they understood little of what I was attempting to say. However, to my surprise the five-year old child and I made instant contact and we talked about their situation. I could tell that the child was actually trying to comfort her grieving parents.

“My name is Blanca” she told me and began to describe what she saw when she went to sleep.

“Beautiful people are all around me,” Blanca said. “They seem to fly and give me such comfort. I don’t seem to hurt as much when I see them.”

“Does this always happen when you sleep?” I asked.

“Yes,” Blanca said. “Always.”

With that she rolled over and took a nap. I sat quietly with her parents. In about thirty minutes she woke up. I leaned over the bed.

“Did you see the angels?”

“Oh, yes,” Blanca said. “But this time there was a man with him. I didn’t know his name, but he smiled at me with the kindest smile I ever saw. I wonder who he was.”

I thought for a moment. “If you see him again, you might call him Jesus and see if he answers to that name.”  

“Okay,” Blanca said. “I will.”

She rolled over again and I could see the pain was increasing. How could one not profoundly care for this child? I just sat there praying for her relief. Finally, she rolled over again.

“He was there!” Blanca said. “Just like you said and his name is Jesus. He talked to me.”

“What did he say?”

“He said the next time I go to sleep, I don’t have to come back and my pain will be gone.”

“Wonderful,” I said. “Just wonderful.”

Blanca smiled for the firs time and then rolled over again and went back to sleep. Blanca did not wake up.

I have thought of her often over the years. In the most unexpected way, her death was actually a miracle. She saw angels and God’s provision for children who slip away in the night. For them there is no darkness.

Did not Jesus say, “whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me?” (Matthew 18:5)

Remember to expect the unexpected!

I have a new book coming out.

MAN ON FIRE

The story of the first Church father

(Elk Lake Publishing)

You’ll be inspired

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

A LIGHT FROM BEYOND

Blog 195

May 2, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A LIGHT FROM BEYOND

When Jana Branson was four-years-old, she had an usual playmate. Actually, she thought he was her brother. They would sit and talk. If she became afraid, he would always comfort her. Even at night as she was going asleep, he would sit on the bed as she dosed off. At one point, he told her someday Jana would become an Episcopal Church priest. Oh, yes, his name was Jesus.

As Jana grew up, her friend faded away and she realized he was not as real as some of her other acquaintances. Nevertheless, Jana knew he had been a reality in her life and took him seriously. When she told her parents about wanting to be a priest, they informed her that such didn’t happen in the Episcopal Church. One had to be a man. Of course, Jana was angry. However, with the passing years, that rule changed and today woman are clergy.

Much later in life with grown children, Jana went to seminary and became an Episcopal priest. Her childhood relationship with Jesus continued to guide her life. While the revelations might have faded for a time, the special dimension remained in the back of her mind. Today, it is difficult for her to put these discoveries into words, the numinous is in many ways beyond words. Nevertheless, spiritual openness has guided her life.

More than interesting, you may find Jana’s experience to be helpful to you. Perhaps, you’ve had something similar and doubted the reality. Jana’s continuing spiritual encounters can help you find reassurance. I’ve found that experiences with God break in unexpectedly for many people. Here’s more of Jana’s story.

When Jana begins to reach beyond her daily experience, a bright white light often appeared. While she could only see an outline of a figure in the bright while light, she intuitively knew that once again she was communicating with Jesus of Nazareth. She was touching an adult expression of her childhood experience. The bright light guided her away from some detour situations. These flashing moments were revelatory and got her back on the right track again.

When Jana prayerfully meditates on her life’s decisions, the light often breaks in and brings insight. Today, one of the most important moments comes as she is officiating during Holy Communion. The Sanctus prayer proclaiming “Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might …” can become a moment of encounter. During the prayers of consecration when the celebrant prays, “With Angels and Archangels and all the company of heaven who forever sing the hymn…” is such a special moment. Often the white light breaks in and Jana will see parents, friends, people who have passed on standing around her as she prays. In these moments of Holy Communion, heaven opens its doors to Jana.

Seeing the unseen? That’s been Jana’s life experience. She doesn’t talk about it often, but it has defined her sense of reality.  Jana’s special ability gives us encouragement in our own journey forward. We may not see what she does, but we can have the same assurance of what is there.

That’s what divine interventions are all about.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

A DOUBLE DOSE OF LOVE  

Blog 208

August  2, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Church with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

A DOUBLE DOSE OF LOVE  

Sherre Ishmael had been deeply wounded by someone she loved. The pain had cut to her soul. Consequently, she came to a Service of the Healing Christ carrying that burden. This particular type of worship offered the reconciling work of the Holy Spirit and people came for many different needs. On this particular night, Sherre was struggling to restore the vessel of love that had been broken inside her.

To compound her problem, Sherre had always been a pragmatic person who approached situations in a logical manner. At times, she had felt the need to develop a greater ability to love people but let it pass. On this particular evening, she came forward wanting to experience the love of Christ in a new depth, hoping to be enabled to share His love with others.

A team of three intercessors were waiting as Sherre knelt in front of them. They laid hands on her and began to pray for a new gift of love to be given. The experience became electrifying.  Sherre began to realize that Jesus the Christ was pouring his love into her. Far from a sentimental emotion, she was discovering a practical, sacrificial kind of caring.  A desire to help others bubbled up inside her.

As that realization grew, in a new way, Sherre accepted the fact that Jesus Christ really did love her personally in a way she had failed to recognize. She discovered that he was calling her to a wholeness. Sherre realized she didn’t need to be perfect or exceptional, just available and obedient to what the Holy Spirit was calling her to do for others. Sherre knew God would be continuing to work in her life and He did!

Shortly, after this prayer experience, Sherre discovered that her arthritis had disappeared. A spin-off of more love in her life was a physical change that was also liberating.

Many times, we don’t think about the love of God being poured into our lives. We live in a highly competive world where the prime objective is to exceed others. From childhood, many of us have received injuries that keep us from caring about other or wanting to be helpful to others. The idea to suddenly be empowered with a greater depth of caring has never crossed our mind. Possibly it’s time to reconsider what our most basic need really is.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Eagerly desire the greater gifts. I will show you the most excellent way….these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 12:31- 13:13) The love Paul was describing is a gift that only God gives. Could you seek a greater healing than to receive this gift?”

Don’t be hesitant to reach out.

Remember: Expect the Unexpected.

Also, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

SPECIAL DELIVERY IN A TIME OF NEED

Blog 201

June 14, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

SPECIAL DELIVERY IN A TIME OF NEED

Scholars debate divine inspiration and how humanity communicates with divinity. Fascinating discussions but often with little return. However, in the midst of those debates, God Almighty continues to speak in His own ways. Sometimes contact is amazingly unique. One of the reasons for these weekly blogs is to help people learn to listen from speech of God, particularly when it is unexpected.

For example…

Hunter Riddell had probably been only around six-years old when I first met him. I was building steps in our Colorado home when he came down to help. I watched him grow up and even play football in Junior High. Along the way, Hunter had some hard knocks on his head that left permanent damage. He struggled.

I was out in my yard mowing the grass when I was surprised to discover his father standing beside me. I turned the mower off and noticed that his father had a painful look on his face. Before I could ask a question, he spoke.

“Hunter died last night,” Scott Riddell said. “He died in his sleep.”

I nearly doubled over. I couldn’t believe my ears. I had to ask Scott to repeat his words. It was all too unbelievable. The twenty-two-year young man was gone. We began talking about what had happened, both of us stumbling for words. Finally, we prayed together.

As he was leaving, Scott said, “I want you to know I got a special email about Hunter a short while ago.”

Nancy Frias, one of his friends in Denver, heard what happened and began praying. As clear and audible as if someone standing by her spoke, she heard a message.  “I have Hunter here. He is safe and well. There is no more pain for Hunter. Yes, sudden death is hard but I am the Comforter. Scott and La Nore will be loved through this. Pass it on “

The message impacted Scott and La Nore Riddell with the inspiration they needed in that moment to endure their loss. God had spoken and they were comforted beyond what words can express.

Does God still speak? Everyday.

Learning to listen may be the most profitable thing you can do .

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

THE EXTRA TOUCH

Blog 200

June 7, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

THE EXTRA TOUCH

While scanning through my files, I found a letter from a friend I’ll call George. He was wanting me to share with me his experience during a Fellowship of the Healing Christ service. George had been struggling with anger, bitterness, and frustration that had a devastating effect on his entire life.  During a time of intercession, he began to envision his negative emotions like a gigantic knapsack on his back. The figure of Jesus appeared before him and the Christ removed the burden from George. As he wrote to me, he could still see Him smiling at George as the weight disappeared.

            George wrote:

            I started to get to my feet. I felt we had finished. But the Lord had more to say.

            I felt (one of the ministry team’s) hands firmly press on my shoulder and then

            he began to pray for my diabetes I hadn’t written anything about that in my

            prayer request. What prompted him to pray for remission of my diabetes? I

            wondered.

In the weeks that followed, George discovered an amazing change. He cut his insulin dosage by almost 20%.  At first ten units dropped to 7 units.  Later over all, George dropped from 47 units per day to 8. He could only thank God for such a result.

In retrospect, George realized he had to deal with his harmful emotions before he could receive healing for his body. He began to think that the root cause of his diabetes began in unresolved anger and bitterness. His physical problem provided a convenient excuse to remain non-assertive. George had allowed himself to drift into acting like a turtle. He had a protective shell that he could retreat into when matters got personal.

During the worship service, George had released his bruised memories when the hand of God touched him. He let go and let God in. The results speak for themselves. George found that anger and frustration were replaced with patience, compassion, and love. He had come for one need and been healed of another. The extra touch made all the difference.

Doctors continue to tell us that hate and animosity can affect heart disease. In George’s case, it was the pancreas. One can never know how expansive the love of God can be … until they receive an unexpected extra touch.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

Blog 196

May 9, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

I have noticed that with many people who experience a miracle or divine intervention, a door is opened that leads to a growing relationship with God and more encounters with His  grace follow. Once people step over the line and know what is possible, they don’t go back to the empty place where they once lived.

Leslie Draper is an example.

In earlier blogs I shared some aspects of her story. Through difficult childhood abusive situations and health problems, Leslie developed an extraordinary ability to communicate with angels. Finally, she began a ministry where people come to her seeking to discover the will of God. Leslie listens to them and then seeks to hear if the angels have an answer. Sounds unusual until people have tried her capacities. They come away amazed.

Recently I was talking with Leslie and she shared a couple of recent experiences that make the point. Leslie and a couple of girl friends had taken a little retreat and rented a cabin out in the trees. The place turned out to be more rustic than they were led to believe. As the experience was unfolding, Leslie stayed in contact with the angelic realm, asking leading and protection.  

The steps up the porch were fastened to cinder blocks. As Leslie walked up the steps, the cinder blocks slipped and she completely lost her balance. Her friends watched, terrified of what would happen.  After she got up, they explained what they saw. Yes, she went flying but seemed to be caught by unseen hands and floated easily to the ground. She could have broken a leg or arm, but experienced only a gentle bump.

Coming to the cabin, Leslie heard the voice of her protective angel say, “Slow.” She leaned over the seat and said to Regina, the driver, “Slow down. Danger is ahead.”

Knowing Leslie’s gift, Regina immediately hit the brakes as they topped a hill. Suddenly in front of the car were five or six deer stood in the road. At the speed they had been traveling, a serious collision would have wrecked the car. They were saved from a car wreck.

The Holy Spirit provides the gift that keeps on giving. It’s more than worthwhile to avail ourselves of the generosity of God.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!