There are times in our lives as Christians we go through trials and tribulations that we may not understand at the present time. But, there will come a time when God will reveal his mighty hand at work. We had a one of those times in our personal lives.
On October 20th, 2008, after returning home from a meeting with Southwest Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, OK. We decided to take a short nap to help with the “jet lag” after flying into Atlanta. After the short nap, Angel and I started unpacking while Taylor and Coaimhe went outside to play with the neighbor kid. Within a short time Taylor come into the house crying and complaining of his left side was in a large amount of pain. He then explained that he and the neighbor were jumping from the bed of a parked pick-up in front of the house. The last jump Taylor didn’t make it all the way and caught his foot on the inside bed and fell straight down onto the street curb. With that, I thought at the most he had broken his rib on the left side. After much persuasion from Angel, we decided to take him to the local urgent care facility. The doctor quickly realized it wasn’t a minor broken or bruised rib but something much more serious. His paperwork was filed and faxed to the nearby hospital and we were strongly instructed to make our way to the emergency room.
Soon after we arrived at Henry Medical Center’s emergency room, the nurses made preparations for a CT scan. It didn’t take long for the CT scan and within 10 minutes the results were in and the doctor was in the room. The results from the doctor wasn’t good and the hospital had already called for an emergency Medi-flight helicopter to take Taylor to Children’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA for emergency survey to remove his left kidney that had been fractured in two pieces.
After much prayer and a very long prayer chain stretching from nation to nation all around this big world, the doctors noticed an unusual blood clog had formed between the two fractured pieces and the surgery was put off until further notice.
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Children’s Hospital of Atlanta decided it would be best for us to stay in the hospital for at least a week for observation. During that week we stayed in constant prayer and communication with the team of doctors. A few more CT scan were performed and with every scan, the doctors were in unbelief, the kidney was improving. With all the improvements and a week long observation we were released to go home (with strict instructions of course). The doctors wanted to see his progress next year and with much pessimism informed us the kidney will be removed due to puberty. The doctors didn’t see much of a chance for full recovery when his hormones and blood pressure starts to increase as he is going puberty.
As the year was moving along we have made major changes in our lives. During the past year we have flown to the mission field and labored for two weeks, moved from our house into a conversion van to start our deputation full time. We have traveled from the east coast to the west coast and have been in nearly 250 churches presenting our desire to be in Ireland as missionaries. During the last year we were always in prayer and mindful of Taylor’s condition, but we knew we were in the center of God’s perfect will for our lives and fully trusted Him with everything.
On January 30th, 2010 another CT scan was done and the results were much different now! Are you ready?………The scan showed the same left kidney was now a fully functioning kidney and has restored itself to a full operational organ. ￼
A secondary opinion was made by using an ultrasound and again the ultrasound showed a good amount of blood flow throughout the kidney.
The reason for writing this letter was only to give the glory to a Trice Holy God that still has His hands in all affairs of man. God only wants the best for His children but at the same time God wants us to grow in His grace and His perfect will. One must be saying now, “But I love God and I’m in His perfect will for my life and all I have been seeing is trials and tribulations”. Psalms 46:10 says: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Never forget that there is a God in Heaven that so loves the world that He gave His all so that we (weak and inferior) would spend eternity with Him in His majesty. It’s a promise and truth when the Lord tell his children that He will never leave thee nor forsake thee.