Thursday, May 22, 2008
God had been Good, so Good--Praise Him
(play the above music while reading!)
My father-in-law had a stroke. God has been amazing in the way His hand has shown his loving care in all of this and through all of this. My father-in-law's name is Bob. On Sat. night he awoke realizing his left side wouldn't move. He managed to get himself to the doorway of his condo and yell for help. God had (in his providence) had him move to these condos about a year ago because of his wife's failing health. The disbility and special needs organization here in town just "happened" to buy condos right in his building. They just "happened" to have their office 2 yards from his doorway. Someone is there all night long and awake. They heard him and called an ambulance and the ambulance got there within minutes! They were able to give him meds and oxygen immediately. They beat my husband there and we only lives 2 blocks away.
God kept sending Christians at the hospital to be part of his care! The ultrasound done in his room was done by a Christian from our church who "happened" to be working that weekend. The speech therapist who came was substituting for the regular one and she too is a wonderful Christian from our church!! AND she will be doing his speech therapy at the Rehab unit he has now been moved to! She works over there full time. Then one of his nurses at the hospital just "happened" to have been one that went on a mission trip to hondurus with my daughter and husband (and they have not seen her since that trip 8 years ago!).
He was moved to the Rehab unite yesterday and the nurse there just "happens" to be a lady that Bob taught at school, many years ago in a town 45 minutes away.
God keeps showing his care and love for him (so no matter what happens, God has demonstrated His wonderful love and presence.) BUT ON TOP of this Bob had been praying that He would know and feel more of the love of God. He loved Him with his mind but wanted to love Him more with His heart. He says that God touched Him with his love and presence in such a powerful way that if he had had any more time feeling it he would have been unable to endure it! Blessed be God for His great love that is beyond our fathoming--the length and height and depth and breadth which we will never really understand!
Ps. And my oldest son was at a men's retreat when he got word. My son specifically prayed that God would Physically touch Him in a powerful way---basically this is just what my father-in-law felt when God's love overwhelmed him!