Have you ever had life throw some hard lessons at you?
I have many times. Some times your faith will be tested to the limits. When you make it through it becomes a real faith builder.
November 8, 1994 – That was election day but I did not get to the polls. There was just too much going on for me to get there with any kind of a clear mind. My Mom was on the fourth floor of one of our local hospitals. Directly underneath her on the first floor was my Father-in-law. My brother was in a different hospital about 30 miles away.
My mother had fallen and hurt her back. It was not a serious injury but the doctor noted that she needed physical therapy to regain her strength. He was going to place her in a nursing home for that therapy.
My Father-in-law was a diabetic and had let it get out of control. He had cellulitis on both his legs as a result. His doctor gave me the instructions to teach him and monitor him until he was able to check his own blood sugar and give himself insulin shots.
From my mother’s room I called to check on my brother. I was told that his organs were shutting down and he was being rushed into intensive care. He was not expected to live. Without telling my Mom about the seriousness of his condition, I just said I was going to go check on him.
I prayed one simple private prayer for him all the way to the hospital. When I got there he was unconscious and on the ventilator. His vital signs had stabilized a bit. There was nothing I could do for him and I had the rest of my family to take care of so after staying a while I went home.
This is really going to make your day.
My husband listened quietly while I told him about our family members. Then he said, “well, this is really going to make your day.” He explained that he was not going to be able to continue his job. He knew the company standards and he was no longer physically able to perform up to those standards. Long story short – He turned in his keys the next morning.
This was too obvious. Everyone around me was falling apart. This had to be a Satanic attack!
I raised my hand and spoke to the enemy. “I know where my help comes from and it comes from the Lord. The harder you make it on me the more I am going to praise the Lord”. Praise You Lord Jesus. May Glory and honor and praise be to You forever.
The Bible says in the book of James chapter 4 to submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Everything started coming together.
The next day I learned that my brother’s kidneys and liver started functioning again. He gradually got better and was able to go home a while later. My Mom became the star pupil for physical therapy. If they were late coming after her she would take her walker and go on down there. She was able to come home on her birthday as planned, much stronger than when she fell. My father-in-law quickly learned how to monitor his sugar and give himself shots.
Everything went back almost to normal. Although we did not know it yet, my husband was a heart attack waiting to happen. He now no longer had an income and what I made doing contract work from home wasn’t much. Living by faith was now a reality. Somehow, we made it through until my husband’s 401K came back the next March. That begins another story and another test of faith.