To most people, today just seems like an ordinary day.
- It’s a Thursday – mid week – nothing special
- It’s near a holiday, but it’s not the holiday
- It’s the 2nd day of the month – not the beginning or the end
- It’s not a pay-day
To us, today is a very special day for two reasons:
- Today is 4 months & 13 days from the day Paul was admitted to the hospital
- Today is 4 days before our 13 year wedding anniversary
And, you might recall, one of my favorite Bible verses is:
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Four months & 13 days ago, I had no idea what the next day would hold. All I had was faith, and that was all I needed. I cried out to God and prayed for Him to heal Paul. Each day, I watched monitors and engaged a community through social media to please pray for the healing of my husband. I asked everyone to please pray boldly, to believe that God could and would provide this miracle.
Four months & 13 days ago, I had to rely on that verse because I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t stand, I couldn’t speak without the Strength of Christ. He was there with me, with Paul, with all of us as we prayed for Paul’s healing. I can think of that verse in the opposite – I would not have been able to do anything without Christ who strengthened me throughout that journey.
Each day, God strengthened us by showing us something to keep us hopeful and prayerful. Some might have missed it, but He helped us to see the improvements. He had us focus on what we could see, while He did the work inside. He guided the doctors and nurses to make the right decisions to allow Paul to continue to improve, to continue to heal. He wove this beautiful tapestry of people, medicines, time and prayer in the healing of Paul.
Four months and 13 days later, Paul is here with us. He is close to completely healed (possibly as close as he will be) and back in his rightful place as the head of our family.
What a miraculous 4 months & 13 days! Praise God!
In four days, we will celebrate our 13 year anniversary. We have so much very to celebrate, so very much to be thankful for, so very much to thank God for! And, I will pray that we have many more anniversaries together! If we have 4 more 13 year anniversaries (4×13), that will be our 65th! Now, that’s something to look forward to!
By Your Strength and Your Strength alone was I able to even breathe 4 months & 13 days ago. You breathed for me. You made me stand. You gave me the strength to handle all that was in front of me, and provided the people here on Earth to help me through it. I read a t-shirt this week that said it all:
God doesn’t give us what we can handle. God helps us handle what we are given. Amen!
While I know You didn’t make any of that happen, You did help us through it. Praise You for all You did to make Paul’s healing a reality! What a true miracle!
I love You, I praise You, I thank You!
In Jesus’ Name,