Thursday, March 17, 2011
We walked up to the front desk and one of the nurses asked, "Can I help you?" None of them recognized him at first. The only thing that clued them in was seeing me standing beside him. They recognized me but could hardly believe it was him.
Bruce told them how he had just kept getting worse after he left, and how we are Christians, and how God had answered my prayer when I had asked for wisdom in knowing what to do for him. They took it well. They couldn't help but be excited to see him looking so good.
They told us something they hadn't said when Bruce was discharged. Bruce told them that one of our case workers had figured he only had three months to live, and that didn't surprise them. They agreed. They told us they had decided to send him home so he could spend his final days with his family.
They hadn't known they were sending him home so that God could dirrect his wife to start feeding him coconut oil. But that was God's plan. Every step of the way God was leading us along.
Even now as we testify, we have no idea who it will touch. We know that his video has gone around the world, and as of today has over 2100 hits. He is speaking to people he never would have reached had the trial not come.
With your prayers, I know that many lives will be touched. Once again, I thank all of you who have kept us in your prayers. It means so much!
For the next post see: Three Score and Ten
For the previous post see: As I Extended the Life of Hezekiah
Monday, March 07, 2011
I knew the story of Hezekiah. He had been sick, and first the Lord said get ready to die, but then, because of his faithfulness and earnest prayer, his life was extended. I figured Bruce was going to tell me that he wanted to claim the same thing, but that's not what he said.
"God gave me a promise," he told me. "I asked Him if I was going to die, and he told me that as He had extended the life of Hezekiah so He would extend my life."
I read the passage to him, but all the while I was skeptical. Bruce had been displaying symptoms of dementia even back then. The poisons from the endocarditis were in his blood and his liver was not able to block them any more. They were getting past it and traveling to his brain. I didn't know exactly what was happening, but I could tell that all was not well.
Could this just be a hallucination? I would have loved to believe it was a true revelation from the Lord, but I just couldn't. So many times when he was so close to death this would have comforted me, but always there was the nagging suspicion that it was only a figment of his deluded imagination.
It has only been these last few days that I became 100% covinced that God did give Bruce that promise. How do I know now? I saw the comparison in the story of Hezekiah in II Kings 20.
Bruce and I looked at the Biblical account again a few days ago and read about the part where, through the prophet Isaiah, God told Hezekiah to place a lump of figs on his sore and he would be healed. He didn't just say be healed. No, he was told to use a part of God's creation to initiate the healing process. It seemed a strange thing to do, but it worked.
We compared. I had been told that I had better prepare for the worst. Bruce was just going to continue going down hill until he died. But when I cried to God, His answer was to tell me to give Bruce coconut oil. (read the story of how it happened)
God extended Bruce's life in the same way that he extended Hezekiah's. He used a part of His creation to work the healing. In Bruce's case it just happened to be coconut oil.
For the next post see: Rehab and a Chance to Witness
For the previous post, see: His Dream Came True
For Bruce's video testimony see: Bruce's Video Thank You