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He Truly Is for Us ~ Our Best Resource by Eileen Million

“At that time Jesus declared, I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:25-30 ~ ESV)

What would you have me do, Lord?  As Christians we know that our best resource is always the triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Often I stand condemned in that I turn to others or something else before my dear Lord.  It is a daily walk plagued by sin, most often my own.  When faced with the uncertain health of my children I have learned that my first gut instinct is to try and get them fixed as soon as possible utilizing what the world has to offer.  As a Christian I am ashamed by this behavior.  I truly need my Lord and Savior every minute of every day to guide me, lest I get lost.  Our Lord continues to teach me that it is He that I should run to first.  The sooner I cast my cares upon Him the sooner my burden is lessened and this strange peace takes up residence in me.  Even in the most daunting of situations the peace of God can reign in my being.  May our Lord be pleased to show each of us His will for us day by day.  May we soon surrender our cares to Him and take up His yoke

Part of being in this world is participating in the wonders and innovations around us.  As an American growing up and out on my own by the 1980s, I became quite accustomed to advances in technology.  Every year something better and newer has replaced last year’s best of the best.  The field of medicine has prospered magnificently from the days I volunteered as a Candy Striper to this present day.  I am intrigued by all the new mechanics in medicine, and I anticipate more discoveries all the time.  As a parent of a child who now needs the medical community to help us manage a delicate life, we can easily define success by what medicine is able to accomplish.  We may need to remind ourselves that it is God who orders our steps as well as the steps of this universe.  It is He of whom Elizabeth spoke when she declared, “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37, ESV)  Our Creator has allowed these many years of “advancements” in technology.  It is He that gifts doctors with skill and precision whether they acknowledge Him or not.

As Christians who are now parenting a child who needs medical intervention we are poised to deliver the gospel to many.  We each have divine appointments that lie ahead for us.  It appears for this season of our lives God has us exactly where He wants us.  Yes, time spent in waiting rooms, doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, surgical units, speech therapy, pharmacies and endless more divine appointments are our mission field.  The sooner I can get this new situation we are faced with surrendered to the Lord, the more readily I can participate in sharing the good news with as many as the Lord will send our way.

Our Lord has provided for us in many different ways while we were attending to our child’s needs.  With the advent of the internet at most Americans’ fingertips we have a great tool to access information and support which is highly needed, especially in the early phase of the onset of disease.  It would appear that almost every problem we are presented with is also being lived out in someone else’s life.  These days many people are communicating and supporting each other via many different forums, blogs, digests and groups on the internet.  Talking with others who have gone through what we are going through is truly a great blessing from God.  In 1999 we tapped into such a support group.  There we learned of a doctor who was actively doing surgeries that our daughter would need done.  He also was teaching other doctors all over the world to likewise gain the skill of the procedure he formulated.  His practice was 1500 miles or so from where we lived.  I was on this group to learn of practical ways of caring for our daughter the best we could.  I did not set out to find a doctor, as there was a doctor a half hour from us that could do her surgery.  The Lord would have it that not only could our child be in the hands of this very skilled surgeon, we also learned of the many solutions to the obstacles that would accompany this long distant journey.  One of the resources we became aware of was airlines providing free travel for the child and parent(s) to the medical destination and back home.  The next one was the blessing of the Ronald McDonald house (RMH).  The RMH provides a room for the family or parent(s) to stay within close proximity to the hospital where the child would be receiving care.  The board rate is very reasonable and can be waived for those in need.  What also was provided at the RMH were meals that local volunteers would organize and bring to the RMH, and even more blessings would be the people God would put in front of us while staying at the RMH.  Other parents, staff members and volunteers would all play their part in providing a home away from home as long as it was needed.  Volunteers also met us at the airport and would also take us back when that time would come.  I marvel still at how our Lord orchestrated the many details that occurred over those several months and requiring three round trips.  The moments I count the most precious were the meetings that would happen with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  The spontaneity of prayer with “strangers” was something I had never experienced before.  We were praying for each others’ babies.  We shared in each others’ burdens.  All along my husband and our other children were keeping home life on schedule and my peace became their peace and vice versa.

A few years later we would be introduced to another resource we had not known about.  This time it was our youngest son who needed the care of doctors who were not available in our area.  Our Lord provided the information and referral necessary to get our son in to see a top notch neurosurgeon.  The travel would be 5 hours drive time each way.  We then heard about Angel Flight.  They are an organization that coordinates volunteer pilots and their planes to take people who need medical care outside their community to their destination and then back home.  There were many flights over the next 28 months.  Many times it was a brother in Christ who was our pilot.

In summary I encourage all who find themselves or their children in need of medical care to turn to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ first.  May you find His peace there.  He will direct your paths.  There are no coincidences.  God may use any person, place or thing to turn your attention to the direction He wants for you.  When preparing to meet a new doctor or specialist write a list of questions you have down on paper and refer to it during the visit.  Be assertive and engaged.  There are no stupid questions.  If something concerns you, say it.  There are many circumstances we have been in that proved to be a learning experience for the medical team.  Try and establish a friendly team attitude with the medical staff whether it is an office visit or a hospitalization.  If an emergency propels you into the care of medical professionals, pray for clarity of thought and the words that will direct the medical team to zero in on the problem at hand.  And lastly, do not be intimated into thinking you have to stay with whatever doctor you initially were referred to.

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:5-7 ~ ESV)

Epilogue

Our son Simeon moved on to glory Dec. 31, 2011.  It has been a harsh adjustment for many of us here and unfortunately it is not a neat and tidy process.  We each trust our Lord and rejoice that Simeon is in the presence of our Father forever.

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