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Topic: FAITH (strong, confident belief in God) (02/26/15)
- TITLE: A Trek in Darkness
By Randy Somers
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“The average life span after the onset of symptoms is seven years. She will either die from pneumonia, contracted by chocking on food which would get into her lungs; or she will choke to death as the muscles in her throat no longer work. See this tiny spot in the cerebellum? It’s decaying, slowly, a few cells at a time. There is no cure. We can only treat the symptoms.” The Mayo Clinic doctor offered a sad smile.
We sat numb at the diagnosis: Multiple Systems Atrophy: big words which sentenced the love of my life to a slow death. I would watch her slowly disintegrate a few brain cells at a time.
Her faith grew strong during those years. Mine plummeted. We traveled this downward path into the ever darkening shadows of this deathly valley. She would not return. At some point I would leave her there and climb back into life - alone. I helped her over every hurdle; every fallen tree that blocked her path, cutting back brush that hindered her easy transition to forever. Soon I had to haul her over these barriers in a wheel chair. Eventually we had to stop. We awaited the final darkness.
With each new physical setback, I wandered further and further into darkness. The day came when she could no longer walk. This once bright straight A student could no longer add 2 + 2. Her hands curled up into claws and she had to have the rings of our marriage promises cut off her finger. This lady who could talk a mile a minute now had to point to one letter at a time to communicate. Her face became a mask as the muscle weakness would not allow her to smile. The time came she fainted as her circulatory system muscles weakened. I panicked as I could not bring her around for three terrifying minutes.
During this trip I set my love in a small clearing to rest. I tromped off into the forest of this valley to rale at the unfairness of life. I blamed HIM! HE sets the dates of our birth and the date and manner of our home going. HE organizes all the days in between.
“YOU made this one in a million thing happen! YOU’re causing her torturous death! YOU’re changing this once beautiful wife and mother into a grotesque figure of humanity! YOU did this!” I cussed and complained until no more words came.
My offers of trading my life for hers fell mute on heaven’s ears. I demanded answers and no voice broke through the clouds. I pleaded for comfort and peace, yet my soul seethed in anger and despair. Finally I threatened to leave HIM altogether. “YOU’re unfair. We served YOU all our lives and this is how YOU repay? YOU’re not worth my time.”
An eerie quiet settled around the desolate forest as my words faded into silence. I heard these words trickle back, “Okay. To whom will you turn? Will budda bring her back? Does allah hold the power to heal? Worship nature and see if gaia will magically realign her brain cells.”
I slumped to the ground as I remembered Peter’s words to JESUS. “To whom can we turn? YOU hold the words of eternal life.” I knew the Truth. I had preached it many times. Now I had to live it. This was the only path. None other existed. I would walk it.
I wandered back to my wife who waited patiently where I left her. I grabbed the handles of her wheel chair and pushed her forward. I had promised to care for her as she had faithfully, lovingly cared for me and our children. I managed to put one foot in front of the other
As the doctors prophesied, she went Home seven years later. On the FATHER’s calendar in heaven, HE had circled in red: 21 Dec 09, the Day of Celebration for her return. Heaven rejoiced that this daughter had successfully completed her race of 58 years.
The LORD gives; the LORD takes away. Blessed be the name of our LORD.
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