I was thirteen years old when I first learned to sing the song Only You by Kelly Willard. Back then, I didn’t fully understand what the words meant. Two decades later, it was the same song that God has placed in my heart to sing for Him again. As my family faced one of the toughest challenges thrown our way, I found myself singing every word to Him in tears.
On September 24th, Big Daddy had another heart attack. It was a very hard time for the Upshaws. For three consecutive days prior to that, Rick’s blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar were three times beyond the normal. The whole afternoon at the hospital, the waves of pain kept Rick awake; he was writhing in extreme pain, and nothing that the doctors were doing or giving him were working.
But I know just exactly who to turn to… While I was in the car later that night, I prayed in Jesus’ name for God to ease Rick’s pain, at least enough to allow him to sleep a bit. When I got back to the hospital, Rick was sleeping like a baby… and he did so for four straight hours!
It was indeed a dark moment for our family as we didn’t know what could happen next. Rick turned very purple during each episode and I found myself almost waiting for him to flat-line because it looked like the pain was way too much for anyone to bear, not even for a big guy like him. But I continued to hang on to the Lord. I didn’t care what the numbers said on his cardiac machine, my hope was in God — the God of Miracles, the Great Physician!
Two days later, I posted this on my Facebook wall:
MY GOD IS A GOD WHO KEEPS HIS PROMISES TO HIS CHILDREN! Rick will be released from the hospital today. He will still continue taking his medications and will be under close supervision by his doctor but he can go home. Again, the Upshaws would like to send out our sincerest thanks to everyone of you who prayed for Rick and wished him well.
“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. My eyes stay open through the watches of the night that I may meditate on your promises. Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your laws. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” ~ Psalm 119:147-150
You see, my friends, no matter how dark the clouds are or how fierce the storm is, it will never change who our God is. He will remain to be our Heavenly Father who is faithful and full of compassion. If you cry out to Him, you’ll really feel His strong hands upholding you and keeping your footing steadily anchored in Him to keep you from falling. And even if He doesn’t change the circumstances, you can always count on Him to give you just enough strength to make it through the toughest of storms. Doesn’t that feel comforting when you know who you can run to in desperate times?
Mercy, grace and goodness surrounds my family, that I know without a doubt, and so whatever happens to my Big Daddy, I ought to be able to say, “It is well with my soul”.
“I’m not asking You to take away my sorrows, but I’m asking for the strength to make it through. And I need to know You’ll help me face tomorrow. Lord, I only want to put my faith in You.”
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