"Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice."
-- Psalm 63:7
This past year has been characterized by hardships. It began with Danny, my husband, coming home after two months in the hospital and rehab due to back-to-back pneumonias and all the complications associated with them. While it was wonderful to have him home, my caregiving took on a new dimension which seems to increase on a daily basis. Danny has had three hospitalizations since then. On one occasion, the medical staff did not think he would pull through and talked to me about end of life procedures. But three days later, he walked out of the hospital! Since then, he has dealt with a broken kneecap, broken ribs, and a troublesome dialysis fistula.
But overshadowing all of these difficulties has been the Lord’s help. It has been demonstrated over and over again through wisdom to make right decisions, through eyes to see the next assignment, through strength to complete each and every task, through grace to handle emergencies with poise and peace, through staff and ministry partners who have supported and encouraged me, through moments of joy sprinkled throughout the days that sparkle like diamonds against the black velvet of hardship…the list goes on and on.
The Lord’s help has once again been on display the very week that I am writing this newsletter. Three mornings a week, Danny goes to dialysis because of end-stage renal failure. On Thursday morning, Danny was sent home after only 90 minutes in dialysis instead of his full 5 hours. I was told that his fistula, which had just been worked on at an access center the week before, was not functioning. In talking to the nurse, I was told that the dialysis center would try once again on Friday morning, but that if his port still didn’t function properly, he would be sent to the surgeon who would insert a catheter in his chest while they tried to come up with a solution to the problem.
Friday morning, I drove Danny to the dialysis center, walked in with him, spoke to the in-charge nurse, and told her I wanted to speak with the technician who would be accessing the fistula for dialysis. When she asked why, I told her I wanted to pray with him. She laughed in my face. While I don’t know what she was thinking, her whole expression was, “This is a joke. Very funny.” I ignored her reaction, looked her squarely in the eye, and told her that my husband was struggling with a broken kneecap, broken ribs, and now this. We had had enough. We did not want to deal with a non-functional fistula or surgery, and it was time to pray. As she waved the technician over, she was still laughing, and in a mocking tone said, “She wants to pray for you.” The technician responded, “I would like that.” And he bowed his head. With Danny and the laughing lady standing with the respectful technician, I prayed! And God answered! The fistula worked, and is still working as I write this. Because God is an ever-present Help in our troubles.
Our experience reminded me of a story in the New Testament. (Luke 8:40-56) Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, had come to Jesus, fallen at His feet, and pleaded for His help to save his twelve-year-old daughter who was dying. But before Jesus arrived at the home, the daughter died. When Jesus entered the home, He instructed the people who had gathered to, “Stop wailing…she is not dead but asleep.” They laughed at Him! But Jesus ignored their evaluation of her condition, took the little girl by the hand, and raised her up. The laughter immediately turned into astonishment!
As we enter into this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, I am rejoicing in our ever-present Helper who can raise our children from the dead, who can give a dialysis technician skill to access successfully a damaged fistula, who can give a brave husband strength to endure, and who turns mocking laughter into astonishment! And in the process gives a worn-out caregiver comfort, encouragement, and hope!
For His Glory,
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