Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.-Philippians 4:4
The Lord had been dealing with me for quite some time about being truly thankful for what I had. After my family was given the task of helping some families in need, I was really troubled about what I took for granted. All of the small things that we think will always be there…Air, Water, Food, Clothing, Shelter. I am so guilty in always thinking that I would have those things, that it never really hit me until that very moment. So I decided to be especially thankful this season, but I never knew the true reason until now.
My brother was hurt in a logging accident on November 12, 2011. The first thought that came to me when I seen him on that stretcher was, ” He’s Dead!”. My stomach hit the floor and everything that I hold true to myself, I pushed in the back of my mind. All I could see at that moment was my only brother hurt and fighting for his life. They had to transport him to another hospital, and it seemed like hours before we heard anything. When my dad finally got to the hospital, all of my family, our friends, and church family, gathered together, holding hands, called out to the Almighty God. We plead for Mikie’s life and the almighty healing that only He can give. When my parents returned from talking with doctors, we were told that my brother had a broke pelvis, a severed bladder, and would have to wear a tube for up to a year. He wouldn’t be able to walk or do much of anything until his pelvis healed. After that, he would go through physical therapy and home health until he was up and his usual self. Now, if anyone knows my brother, they know that he is never still, and when I finally got to see him, it broke me. I couldn’t stand to see him just lying there helpless, screaming because of the pain. I just wanted to take it all away from him. We had everyone on Earth praying it seemed, because God moved. I know that we all touched the throne of Heaven that night….for my brother didn’t have to have surgery!! Oh, how I praise you God in Heaven!!
So as I sit and think of what I am truly thankful for, I am thankful that not only is there a God in Heaven that hears our prayers, but that my prayer is coming home today!!
So again, I will REJOICE!!