Thoughts from the Hospital – Being a Witness

Well, I am happy to report that my dad has improved significantly since I’ve been back in Oklahoma. God has truly worked wonders in bringing healing to his frail body. His transplant doctor very blatantly said the other morning, “His recovery is a miracle.” All glory goes to God, who abounds in steadfast love and is mighty to save.

I have had many sweet moments of witnessing God’s wondrous work since I’ve been here. Two in particular took place today. Every night, before I leave dad for the night, I pray with him. Well, tonight, as I was preparing to leave, dad’s response was “yes, please, let’s pray.” He has begun to look towards our prayer time with expectation. Also, when I finished praying tonight, I found that some of the staff had come to listen. It was such a sweet time of seeing God move, even in such a small way.

Also, I was given the opportunity to share Christ’s love with a woman in the waiting room today. She also has a loved one in the transplant ICU. Her husband was waiting on a liver transplant, but they removed him from the waiting list because they found cancer in his body. Now, he is very ill, and his kidneys are failing. Her strength, even in the face of such dire circumstances, was refreshing and encouraging to me. I prayed with her, and I will continue to pray for her and her family during this time.

I write all of this to draw attention to the amazing power of God, even when we are weak. There is nothing special about me, and I don’t report these events to draw attention to any kind of righteousness within myself. Because, quite honestly, I have nothing about which to boast except Christ. Although I was feeling lonely and disappointed about my circumstances on this Thanksgiving, God opened my eyes to opportunities to stop looking at myself in self-pity and to look outward to others in need. I pray that God continues to work in my heart in this way, and that many more of us will submit our hearts and minds to His leadership. We can see amazing things when we stop looking at ourselves.

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