Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.
- Acts 4:30
Most who follow this blog already know most of this, but I would like to give a timeline.
January-February – I had this thought in my head to perform a comedy act and give my testimony. The thought would not go away. It took a couple of weeks before I did the math and realized that I had accepted Jesus as my Savior 50 years ago on 17 October.
March-April – I pitch the concept to the pastor, to see if I could do it at the church and invite as many people as possible.
May – June – The program starts to come together, from a non-descript comedy act to comedy that relates to Scripture.
July-August – At the pastor’s request, I ask the Evangelism team at the church to provide a meal and sponsor the event. Printed media is created and the advertising began. After practicing for two months, I realize that my newly written testimony ties into the comedy act – something I never planned.
September-October 17 – My wife’s health is failing. She is getting tired, all the time. She finally gets her kidney doctor to contact an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. My program undergoes even more changes. We are helping with the food preparation. And the program comes together at the last minute. The video recording was the last volunteer piece to the puzzle.
Mid-October – November 8 – My wife sees the ENT doctor. He needs more information, and tests / scans are performed. The ENT determines that she needs surgery, but he suspects more may be needed. He does a biopsy of my wife’s neck. In the meantime, I upload the video and watch myself perform the program, watching all my mistakes, but most importantly noticing when I slipped the Mark Lowry T-shirt over my head. I did not recognize that guy on stage. His shortness of breath was very noticeable. I mentioned this casually to my cardiologist on October 31. He schedules a stress test for November 13. The cardiologist was thinking that he’ll rule out the heart as the cause since my EKG was perfect – at least for a guy my age. Meanwhile, our lives implode with relatives who become very ill, a son on leave due to illness from school – without pay. I become very stressed out – without getting on the treadmill.
November 8 – November 18 – My wife prepares for her surgery, and I have a chemically induced stress test to avoid using the treadmill. I get word from two different doctors, Primary Care Doctor and Cardiologist within an hour of each other, on November 18 that the results of the stress test was abnormal, not bad, just not right, a possible minor blockage. I am then scheduled for a heart catheterization on November 27, the day before Thanksgiving.
At this writing, my wife has not had her surgery. I may have to modify this due to it being posted about the time she should be coming home, but I assume she is okay and recovering. But as of the day before her surgery, I marvel at our Lord’s signs and wonders.
God reminded me that it was my 50th anniversary of accepting Him. He poked and prodded until I took action. Since He gave me something to do, I worked hard for about 6 months putting the program together and helping the team that was sponsoring the event. But if a friend had not found a friend with a video camera, I would have never witnessed my own labored breathing. I simply breathe. I don’t notice it, but I did on the video. All of this would not have happened if I was not in tune with God last Winter to hear His message to me – a message to spread His Gospel through my testimony.
If I had the stress test without the family stress, would I have been stressed enough to have the minor blockage show up? Maybe, maybe not. The point is that I believe that God worked it out that way, looking at the events in reverse.
- I was stressed going into the stress test due to family illnesses covering three generations.
- I wouldn’t have told the cardiologist about the shortness of breath if I had not seen it on the video.
- There would never have been a video if a friend had not come forward after a lot of research. (And thanks, Kathy in Minnesota, for suggesting video recording. I might have never thought to do it.)
- If it weren’t for the church sponsoring the comedy night, I would have had no reason to have myself video recorded in the first place.
- The right people were in the right positions in the church to go along with my hair-brained request.
- I would have never made the request, if God had not been nudging me in that direction through persistent thoughts that would not leave my head.
- Those thoughts came from God. God started the healing process of my heart at the beginning of this year, by suggesting a comedy night.
Regardless of whether you can follow those events in reverse order and see God at work or you are thinking coincidences, I can see God’s signs and wonders. Although the heart cath is nine days away, the healing has already begun. I pray that people will think about my testimony and apply it to their lives, maybe someone might accept Jesus as a result. But God started me on this strange journey to save me from a heart attack that has not happened yet ten months ago.
We have an awesome God who provides signs, does wonders, and heals.
Praise the Lord.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.