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Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)
TITLE: IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE
By SYLVIA KING
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Dad had never been seriously ill, at least nothing life threatening. His sudden onset of severe low back and abdominal pain proved to be an abdominal aortic aneurysm. We were awaiting surgery when at 3:00 am the aneurysm ruptured. The surgeon told mother they would try to save but there really wasn’t any hope.
She ask him to place his hands in hers. Praying she assured him he would have a miracle surgery. Jesus had paid the price for our healing when He died on the Cross. Not knowing how to respond he indicated he had to get to surgery.
Four hours later he came to talk with us. My Dad was alive even though he shouldn’t be. He wasn’t sure if he had suffered a stroke when the aneurysm ruptured. He wasn’t sure he wouldn’t have to be on dialysis because they had to tie in above the renal artery. They had given him 23 units of blood and 20,000 units of IV fluids. Looking straight into my mother’s eyes he declared, “Mrs. King you got your miracle. I’ve done hundreds of surgeries and I’ve never had one fall into place like the one I just performed. Your husband’s on a respirator and won’t wake up for 8-10 days.”
I had worked in the medical field for twenty years but it’s different when it’s your Daddy. The second day we walked into the Intensive Care Unit Dad gave us a little wave from across the room. Two days later he was taken off of the respirator. The medical staff dubbed him the “Miracle Man.” On the tenth day we took him home. His recovery took a while but he regained his strength and became the most tender hearted witnesses for the Lord you will ever meet. He was passionate about people learning about Jesus’ giving His life on a old rugged cross so they could spend eternity in heaven with Him.
Five years post-op he started suffering from some indigestion and chest tightness. Once again he was transferred to Springfield, Mo. on Easter Sunday. Shortly after midnight he was rushed in to do emergency angioplasty. He had suffered a heart attack and would have to wait six weeks to have a quadruple bypass.
My three brothers and sister had come to be with him so he was at his happiest moments. Mom was always at his side. We were waiting for the doctor to come and sign his release so that he could get home to his bed and a good cup of coffee. He was hooked up to continuous O2. He had to go to the bathroom so Timmy helped watch the O2 tubing so he wouldn’t trip over it. He was so proud he had gained enough strength to get there on his own. He was teasing Timmy as he reached the bed to sit down on it. Instead of sitting he laid gently back on the bed. There was no sign of pain, no gasping for breath, no struggle, only peace on his face and a flutter in his right cheek. In the twinkling of an eye Jesus had come for him. The flutter reminded me of the song “Butterfly Kisses.”
Daddy’s been in heaven ten years now. There’s no way to explain how much I miss him. Quite often I will feel a flutter in my right cheek. The flutter has become a “Daddy Kiss” from above. It’s only a matter of time until we will share eternity together, forever.
Have you ever thought about how fast the “twinkling of an eye” is? Blink your eyes. Not much time. Eternity is forever. I Corinthians 15:52 says, “In the moment, in the twinkling of any eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (NKJV) We will meet God either in death or when He sends Jesus back to earth to get His children. It doesn’t matter which way it happens you want to be sure you are ready to meet Him. Can you afford to take the chance you’ll have enough time later to make your commitment to Christ?
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