I was on my way to work Friday morning and I was praying for a lady in our church who had just had a brain tumor removed on Wednesday. She had posted on Facebook about being in ICU and not being able to get any sleep or rest. Having spent my share of time in hospitals, I said “Amen” to her statement.
I was thinking about how kind and gracious the Lord was to her, that she was able to even do a simple task like posting on Facebook. In the simple things, He gives us hope.
I was reminded of one time that I was in the hospital. After a major surgery that required the doctors to place a tracheotomy in me, due to my throat swelling. I could not talk. I was given a white board and a marker to write my thoughts. It helped, but it left me frustrated, because I could not write as fast as I wanted too.
One day, about a week after the surgery, my team of doctors came into my room to do a follow-up. It happened to be a time when Terrie wasn’t there yet. The doctors began to question me and I was trying to write and I was unable to keep up, when a doctor from Belarus, with agitation said,”Why don’t you just put your finger over the tube opening and speak!” I did that and said, “Because no one told me that was an option!”
And so when they left, I reached for the telephone beside my bed and called home. Terrie said, “Hello?” and I said, “Hello, Baby.” We both immediately began to cry. How sweet it was to experience a little headway as we were going through this great trial. How sweet it was to be able to speak. How sweet was God’s grace to allow the simple things to become great things.
It was from that time, that I knew I would not go home with the tracheotomy. I told them that I would not go home with it. They didn’t believe me, saying I had to accomplish X, Y, and Z before that would happen. Again, by God’s grace, X,Y, and Z did happened and the trach was removed before I went home.
Our God is able. He is can create a sweet memory for you as he created a sweet memory for me!
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”