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Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)
TITLE: Faith that Brought Peace
By Aylin Smith
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On the morning of Febuary the 19th of 2006, I sat by my eight year old daughter’s bed side in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital before going to the Operating Room for emergency brain surgery. I was living every parent’s nightmare of watching their precious child fight for her life. Abby-Sue had what the neurosurgeon called an AVM on the right side of her brain. Upon rupturing, the AVM caused the brain to swell and the pressure was spiking extremely high and the very reason she was having the operation on Sunday.
The doctors told us that if she didn’t have this surgery now she could stroke, or die.
My mother was in the room with me when I took Abby-Sue’s hand within my own and told her that I didn’t want to loose my baby girl, but if she died I knew in my heart where she would go, just four months prior Abby- Sue accepted Jesus into her heart and was baptized. Knowing that Abby was saved gave me such peace, and I knew also that God was in control and that he wouldn’t give us what he wouldn’t bring us through.
It was time for her surgery and I, my family and members from our Church followed behind the gurney that wheeled Abby-Sue towards the OR. My heart was hurting, yet I had Faith that God would definitely see us through this. My father asked the neurosurgeon if he was a Christian and he said “yes”. My father then asked him if they could pray together. After the prayer was spoken, we gathered around the chairs to wait for them to tell us when the surgery was finished.
With every breath taken I asked God to guide the team that worked with Abby-Sue and to just wrap his loving arms around her as they repaired the damage the AVM had caused. Five and half hours later the surgery was a success.
“Praise God” I cried as hugs and more tears were shed as we waited for them to take Abby-Sue back to her room in PICU. How awesome our God is!
Once they brought my precious Angel out of sedation, she looked at me and said “Mom I need to see Jesus. “ The look on my face was one of surprise as I asked her “Why do you need to see Jesus baby?” Her response to this was the most humbling. She replied “I need to see Jesus and ask him to help me get better. “
I took her hand in mine and we said a little prayer asking Jesus to be with us and to help heal her as she started the process of recovering.
Having to go through something like this made me realize how our Faith in God can be tested and to rely on that Faith can give one such blessed peace to know that through God we can overcome anything.
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