Anthony Fairlie
Anthony Fairlie
  Anthony Fairlie

Meeting God in the hospital.

Let me recap my stay in the hospital on Friday night we went to the emergency room because I had not had a bowel movement since Tuesday, and I was in distress to say the least.  They put an NG tube in me, that is the tube that runs up my nose down my throat and in to my stomach.  Even though is was very uncomfortable, it began to relieve some pressure so I was thankful to God for that.  So for the next three days I sat with the tube in, unable to eat or drink anything, I was able to mouth and whisper words but that was it.  I had a lot of family and friends come to visit and I know a lot more people out there were praying for me.  But a wonderful thing happened during those three days.  While I laid there in that bed God ministered to me.  I had this tube in my throat and I felt is every time I swallowed, my mouth was parched I couldn't have anything to drink. The only relief I had was Elizabeth could take a small sponge with water and moisten my lips with it. During that time God was meeting me and ministering to me.  I was not in despair or frustrated.  Some one had bought a basket of snacks in, and people would bring in pop and water to drink with their snacks.  Some thought they should go out in the hall so not to frustrate me but I let them know it was ok. I was glad that people I love and care about were able to enjoy these things even if I couldn't.  Love seeks the best for the ones loved  even if we can't be apart of it.  The doctor said that on Monday he would do another colonoscopy to make sure he could try to put a stint in otherwise he would have to do a colon ostomy. So during that weekend I spent  that time in anticipation of removing the NG tube and getting an Ice chip.  I was not frustrated anticipation I was like " come on hurry up." it was hopeful anticipation. The water on my lips was like the promise of the gospel. It was a taste of something wonderful and the anticipation of the ice was going to be like heaven. So I waited with joy as God met me there in that room with caring people all around.  Finally around 5 that evening  we  did the scope, after the doctor said do you want the tube out I nodded yes. He pulled it out  and Elizabeth said "do you want some ice?" yes I nodded she put a small Ice cube in my mouth my eyes flew open the feeling was beyond description yet, The Holy Spirit  communicated to Elizabeth exactly what I was thinking and feeling. She said, so all 4 of my kids heard "He is in Heaven"  I was.  It was pure joy and gratefulness to God for all that He had done and was doing. It was a hard time but I wouldn't change it for anything to be that close to God, it is worth it. I hope this encourages you and when hard things come to you, and they will, I hope you will find God where you are and meet with Him too.  God Bless.  

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