As we sat in the doctor’s office today for my mom’s first follow-up visit after her stroke, some familiar verses took on a whole new meaning:
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
As I wrote previously in Not Ready To Let Go, my mom had a stroke a few weeks ago. She was so close to death at the hospital that the doctors released her into hospice care, saying that there was nothing further that they could do. She was not expected to live.
But then God’s people prayed.
Today the doctor looked at her in astonishment. He told her point-blank: “I did not expect you to make it.” Twice during the visit he stated that he considered her recovery “miraculous.”
He did not try to sugarcoat the situation. They are still baffled as to how to treat her without making her condition worse and they still expect her situation to disintegrate. She still has some speech slurring along with vision and cognition problems. She is still on hospice.
But we thank God for the progress we’ve seen and trust that her life and times are completely in His hands. I must especially cling to this thought as I kiss her goodbye tomorrow and step on a plane to go home.