Leon's Worst Fear a Spider
O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps (Jer. 10:23, KJV).
A tarantula crept into our bathroom.
“You'll have to kill it,” Leon said. “You know how I am about spiders.”
I held my breath and swatted that intruder before it had time to jump.
Sometime after this a brown recluse spider bit Leon. His leg turned a brilliant red from his thigh down to his ankle. We rushed to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.
“It looks like we'll have to operate,” the doctor said. However, when God later healed the wound, he said, “I don't think surgery is indicated.”
Afterwards that huge bill from Baylor confronted us. “What are we going to do?” we said to each other.
God provided the funds through a relative. At the same time He encouraged us with peace in our hearts.
Three times the infection in Leon's leg flared up. He lost time from work as he lay in a hospital bed, and as the doctor ordered rest when he returned home.
Once he came home looking like an old man, but home cooking soon fattened him up.
My beloved Leon lost his strength, as I tried to stay by his side. In all these trials God drew us closer together.
Before this year, he was so strong. I leaned on his strong shoulders. Now our roles were reversed and Leon leaned on me.
About six months later Leon went out to service our car so that he could get to work.
When I went outside, his eyes glazed over, and he slumped over in the car.
The ambulance took Leon and me to the hospital.
The doctor tried to revive him. After I sat in the waiting room about an hour the doctor walked in.
“Your husband just died of a massive heart attack. I'm sorry. We couldn't save him.”
I went numb, but the Lord has sustained me, and given me a work to do for Him. Perhaps a spider speeded Leon's home going. I do not know nor understand, but I do trust God who holds the controls.
Oh Lord, whatever befalls me, help me to keep trusting in Thee and remain faithful. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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