What His Hand Feels Like (Pt 2)

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Guest blogger, Martha Kirk continues her frightening story of her recent roll-over accident. Read Part 1 to catch up, if you haven’t already done so. 

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“As I was strapped to the hard board, the volunteers carried me across the field to the awaiting ambulance. I repeated over and over, “I think my right leg is falling off the board.”  The paramedics reassured me that my leg was on the board and placed their hand ever so gently on the side of my leg in order for me to feel the support of the board. They explained that this was a normal sensation for a broken femur.
“Now, even though I felt like my leg was hanging off of the board, it was actually riding protectively on the board. I couldn’t go on feelings, I had to trust the paramedics. 

 

“Often we don’t feel the Lord’s hand on our life, but His relationship with us is not a feeling (Psalm 118:5). “When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.” The promise of His presence knows no limit and has nothing to do with how we feel. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

 

“Reaching the ambulance, the paramedics immediately started me on morphine. The pain began to ease as I was spirited away. Driving only four miles, we were met by a helicopter that flew me to the hospital in five minutes, a normal 45-minute drive.

 

“Along the way there were touches that ministered to me over and over. I was harnessed into a neck brace, in case of spinal instability. My clothes were cut off of me in order to attach vital medical paraphernalia. Before I even reached the helicopter pad at the hospital, I had been blessed by so many touches, both of comfort and with life.

 

“God uses the touch of others to bring healing to a situation. He is omnipotent! “I keep the Lord before me always. Because He is close by my side, I will not be hurt” (Psalms 16:8).

 

“I went into surgery almost 24 hours after entering the emergency room. A team of doctors had to be assembled and a plan devised, as the breaks were further complicated by my artificial hips – a result of 30 years of long-distance running.  

 

“Originally, the doctors thought my right artificial hip was damaged, but it turned out to be whole and complete. During surgery, they discovered a nasty-looking pocket of fluid in my artificial hip joint explaining it to be the wrong color and that they feared the worst. 

 

“However, after growing a culture of the fluid for 48 hours, it came back clear. I believe the Lord cleansed the fluid and made it “danger-free”! 

 

“Since my femur was broken in several places, the bone was screwed and cabled to a 16-inch metal plate. Despite the fact that I will be carrying this permanent fixture in my leg – with a nice scar to prove it – I was able to praise Him for the repair. Normally, breaks are set in an unbending cast which can’t get wet. Yet, the Lord knew that hot water is one of my finest pleasures in life. Once my incision had healed, a hot shower was one of the first activities. My “cast” was on the inside! Praising Him for the inner incision was pure joy!  “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17).”

 

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Join us again on Tuesday, where Martha will be completing her amazing story. Why not write her a note below to let her know how her faith has encouraged you?