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Topic: TRIP (10/18/18)
TITLE: She Wasn't Supposed to Leave
By Carolyn Ahrens
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She hadn’t eaten for days and had only small sips of water to drink. I asked if she would like to sit in the chair and she nodded yes. It had been many days since she was out of bed and I had hoped this would make her feel better. It was a struggle, but we succeeded in getting her there. I sat on the sofa so I could watch her more closely. Only a few minutes had passed when she began to swing her head back and forth. Pulling herself up and falling back against the softly padded chair, the swinging of her head grew more intense. I could see she was very uncomfortable and asked if she wanted to go back to bed. She mumbled yes.
Getting her back to the bed proved to be more difficult than getting her up, but we persevered. We sat on the edge for a moment, so we could catch our breath. She was clearly worn out. No longer could she hold herself up. Her sweet head fell onto my shoulder and it was then I realized how much discomfort she was truly in!
She wasn’t supposed to leave.
After getting her situated as comfortably as I could, I called the nurse and she came right away. “We need to take her to the hospital in order to get her pain under control,” the nurse stated. She had always hated hospitals but in this case, there was no choice. My answer was “Alright, if that is the only way.”
As the ambulance doors opened, loud groaning filled air! I tried to reassure her, “We are here now! Don’t you worry. You are going to feel better soon! I promise!” I felt sure they would get her pain under control.
She wasn’t supposed to leave!
There were many nurses, including the head nurse, working feverishly to ease her pain. It took one hour to see a difference. The loud groaning had changed to a soft grunt. I noticed her eyes half opened as I stood beside her holding her little hand. Not knowing for sure if she could see me, I let her know that I was right by her side and wouldn’t leave.
“Carolyn,” the nurse spoke, “Did you notice these red circles on her hands and chest?” “Yes,” I answered. The nurse shook her head and I sadly understood what she meant. She wasn’t supposed to leave, yet she was going to! She was going on the trip of trips; the final journey!
The Lord blessed me to be with her at that precious time. “I leaned near her ear and said, “Do you see Jesus? Its alright to go. Don’t be afraid. I’m right here. I promise I won’t leave you.” About the third time of asking her this, I saw the most amazing thing. Her eyes looked as if rays of sunlight were shining through! Ever so slowly they had changed from dark brown to blue. It was like slowly pulling down a window shade as they changed colors! I know it sounds impossible, but all things are possible with God!
With her eyes now blue, she took her final breath! I truly believed she had seen Jesus during those final minutes! She was only going to the hospital to get her pain under control. She wasn’t supposed to leave, but she did!
Jesus didn’t just ease her pain, he took it completely away! He made her healthy and happy again!
That’s the morning he called my sweet mama home!
We aren’t promised tomorrow! We would like to think that we have decades of tomorrows, but we aren’t guaranteed such a thing. We all have a set number of days on this earth and for each it is different. Some will be called home at a young age while others live to a ripe old age. What we must remember is this; we are all going to take that final trip one day and we must be ready when we are called to leave!
We don’t know when our time on earth is over! It could be any day! Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but through me!” Don’t let your allotted time catch you unprepared. Ask Jesus to live in your heart!
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