Even in the midst of horrible heartaches, sicknesses, God is still there, and His light shines in any storm we might be experiencing. Do we like what we’re all facing? No! That said, it can always be worse!
Teresa got a new roommate last night who has cancer bad in her neck and other places. She’s unable to move her arm, and her leg is beginning to do the same thing. She cried and coughed much of the night, and was emotional while I was in the room. Her husband is frustrated, and understandably so … no one seems to be helping his wife (fixing her).
A little bit ago, I asked her if I could pray for her and her husband, and tried to encourage them as much as possible, to think on good things as much as possible. We prayed. They want to be saved together (requested by the sick lady), and they asked me to get a Chaplain to baptize them together. I gladly went to the nurses station and asked them to find one.
Understandably, eternal life without pain, tears, and sickness is might very well be looking very inviting to Teresa’s roommate right now, as she’s worn out from the suffering.
We continued to wait for a Chaplain, who never showed up, so I asked them if they’d like me to baptize them. They did, so we made do. I grabbed a plastic bowl that was in the hospital room, filled it with some water. The patient, her husband and I said a prayer of confirmation, inviting God in their lives, then I baptized them as the lady desired. God doesn’t need gold instruments to get things done, but humble, open and willing hearts of gold!
I don’t know what will happen to this lady and her husband who are going through a terrible battle with cancer, but God knows. The main thing is their hearts are right, and they are ready by faith to meet their maker when their day comes. They made a spiritual decision to respond to His invitation, accepting Him as Lord of their lives.
Yes, it can always be worse!