For those of you who don’t know, I spent the first four months of this year in hospital. On the 2nd of January I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. I was then taken to emergency at The Western Hospital. The next day I slipped into a coma as my vital signs began failing.
Over the next month I continued to slip in and out of a coma and was kept in the intensive care unit I would also undergo 2 surgeries, one of which failed. I was eventually deemed well enough to be admitted to a ward. Over the next 3 months I would undergo another 2 surgeries and was eventually discharged on the 4th of May.
The fact that I was discharged at all and I’m here today I truly believe is a miracle as a result of the power of prayer. Twice during the first month I was in hospital my parents were told to prepare themselves as they weren’t expecting me to survive.
Having come out the other side I can honestly say I have never been closer to God and my faith in Him has never been stronger. Again I can’t thank you enough for your prayers, I truly believe it’s because of them the entire time I was there I had an overwhelming sense of peace. Even the day before my final surgery which the doctors had told me there was the potential for things to go wrong, I had no fear of it, again I was just filled with a sense that everything was going to be o.k.
Since I left intensive care God put the verse from 2 Corinthians 12:9 ‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’ on my heart, along with the lyrics from the song Shout to the Lord, you’re my tower of refuge and strength on my heart. I know it’s dwelling on these things that gave me that sense of peace.
Did I stop to ask God why I had to go through this trying time? I would love to say of course not and that I trusted him the whole way through, but the truth is, while I did trust him implicitly I certainly still asked the question why? However over the time I was there he made his reasons abundantly clear and my thinking changed to why not me? Not only was my faith strengthened tenfold, he was also able to reveal himself to my parents in a strong way. They’ll both freely admit if it’s not for a wedding, a christening or a funeral, being in church is the last place they’d want to be.
I think the main thing I got from the whole experience is a greater awareness of just how BIG God is. While I faced many obstacles over my time, and some of them were huge. Without overdramatising the situation at times both the doctors and myself were battling to literally save my life, according to some of the best medical brains I should have died twice, but God reigned and overcame every battle, that’s how BIG He is.
As well as being incredibly thankful to him above I’m also incredibly thankful to you guys and have an even greater appreciation for what a truly awesome church this is, Not only did you guys minister to me through your visits and your prayers which I will always be incredibly thankful for, but you also ministered to my parents, they actually said quite a few times, not only to me but to some of my extended family how great this church is, they said what struck them most was that this is everything a church should be, that they don’t just talk the talk but they get their hands dirty and walk the walk by meeting the needs of people.