In the Prayer Domain newsletter of 8.16.22, I shared a prayer for healing journey with regards to a lady I had introduced as “Elle”. Even though my prayer group and I had been praying for her for weeks, I had only just met her a week or so before writing the newsletter. Because the sense of urgency was so compelling to write, I had to keep things vague to protect her privacy. You see, I had not asked for permission to share her story. The day after the newsletter was published, I met with her and read to her what I wrote. She was grateful for the prayers and gave me permission to share her name and story.
I now want to introduce you to Lisa – her real name. When Lisa’s situation came before my prayer group in early July, she had been hospitalized with Covid which then escalated into a serious case of double pneumonia. She was placed in a medically induced coma. For a couple of days, it was uncertain if she would survive. When doctors finally awoke her from the coma, she was unable to move her arms, hands, legs or feet. She was unable to communicate due to a tracheotomy. A “gizmo” (doctors and nurses will know what this is called) was attached to the trach to allow her to talk. But she was hard to understand as her voice was difficult to hear over all the machinery in the room. Many tubes and wires were attached to her.
This was how I first met Lisa. When we prayed at the end of my visit, I could feel a barely negligible squeezing of my hand. We know in life there are hurdles that get in our way. Sometimes we feel like we might be going backwards instead of making progress. Such has been the case with Lisa. But at the end of the 8.16 newsletter, I wrote: “So, why shouldn’t I, with absolute trust, diligently bring my prayer petitions before the Lord, and believe for complete healing in Elle’s (now Lisa) body. Granted, only God knows His plans and desires for her, and we definitely do not know what the tomorrows will bring, but the Lord does. Until the Lord tells me or shows me how I need to modify my prayers, I will continue to be faithful in praying that Elle (now Lisa) will walk out of that rehab center before this year ends.”
Lisa’s story is not over. Here is an update. Since 8.16 all the tubes have been removed. She has regained movability of her arms, hands, legs and feet. And she’s regained her voice!! AND for the first time in two+ months, with help, she stood. Said it felt “awesome”! There’s still much work ahead to regain strength and mobility. While it is way too soon for the therapists to make any recommendation as to when Lisa will be able to go home – there is a remote possibility this could happen by the end of September. Lisa is determined to make it happen.
As I look back and reread what I just wrote, I can’t help but think that all this happened very quickly. Yet, if you were to look at all the email updates and text updates I’ve sent out or received, one could very easily see how “up and down” this recovery process has been. Sometimes it did seem like Lisa’s healing progress had made a U-turn and was now regressing. Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me….
To those reading this who took the opportunity to pray for Lisa – thank you! To the many who might have family or friends with serious medical issues – stay the course in your praying. Allow the Lord to instruct and guide you in your prayers. Allow the power of God’s spirit deepen your trust and faith in Abba Father. Allow others to pray with you. To those who may be personally going through difficult circumstances, reflect on Psalm 3, especially verse 3, But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. Allow others to pray for you – you are not meant to travel this journey alone.
Finally, let us not forget Paul’s encouragement to the Ephesians to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.