Once again, I am awed by God’s loving answer.
During a conversation with my aunt, I realized how only our Heavenly Father knows the best and the perfect and the most timely and comforting answers of all.
For many months now, I have been praying for my aunt and her husband. He has a dreadful lung disease. She has been taking care of him, along with Hospice care, at home. According to his medical team, his disease is particularly painful and definitely deadly. He has already lived longer than expected.
I know, from talking with my aunt, that her husband is a Christian who is not afraid of dying; believing all the promises of God through Jesus Christ, our Lord, of being welcomed into a heavenly eternity.
My prayer for both of them was to be surrounded by our Heavenly Father’s comforting peace. My prayer for him has been for God to take the pain and let him be comfortable. My prayer for her has been that she will have a good support group in place so that she can have time to rest and keep her strength up to continue to care for him.
Recently, she had time to call and we had a nice, long visit.
She told me that, although the medical team had warned them that this disease is horribly painful, in the last few days, he has been more comfortable and even needed less oxygen than before. She said that her prayer has been that he wouldn’t have to suffer, and she is so grateful that God has answered that prayer in such a merciful way.
I cried; I told her that had been my prayer, too, that he could be comfortable. She said many others had also told her that was their prayer for him, as well.
We all know there will come a time to leave this earth and claim our place in heaven. We all would probably prefer to just go to sleep, and opening our eyes again, realize we are there. In this world, there will be illnesses, accidents, and pain. Also, as promised, we believe that God never leaves us to endure anything alone. He is with us, always. While we pray for physical healing, our Father’s plan is even better – to give us an eternity of wonder with Him.
For God to take away the physical pain during the progression of a normally horribly painful disease is extraordinary to me, amazing to the doctors who are caring for him, and such a relief to the wife who loves him so very much.
Our God is truly awesome – and loving, and merciful, and kind, and good, and able to do exceedingly above and beyond anything we can imagine.
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,