The beginning of last week I was anxious about my upcoming surgery. I had been so busy with Sarah's surgery that I had not even thought about it. When it hit me I thanked God for putting the right people with me, just like He had Sarah. Then I did my usual - God just show off. I had no idea what to ask for. When I went for my pre-op and saw my doctor I felt better. He has been with me on my journey and I trust him and love how compassionate he is. He has also been seeing Sarah so she would not have to keep going back to UNC so he knows what all is going on.
About a month ago, I got a text from a good friend, who is a nurse anesthetist, who had seen my name on the schedule and she signed up to work my case. I met her when I had my big surgery in 2013. She had gone to my church, and even though I did not know her, she wanted to work my case. We became good friends and were in a small group together. Knowing she would be in the OR with me gave me a lot of comfort, especially after what Sarah had gone through. She texted me the morning of my surgery that we had lucked out with who my anesthesiologist would be. Luck had nothing to do with it, it was an answered prayer and I was happy! When Mike and I got to the parking lot, there was my pastor. I had told him to pray over the phone when he called earlier but he said there is something special when you get to hold someones hand. And it was. We put Mom on speaker and she prayed with us.
When my name was called to go back, I thought I recognized the voice but couldn't tell since the person had on glasses and a mask. It looked like a friend of mine from small group but she didn't work there,. Finally, I saw her eyes smiling and it was her! I was so excited! She said the afternoon before she had been asked if she would float there that day and she said she would love to because she knew I was there. They were not very busy so she spent a lot of time with Mike and I and she had even brought a devotional for me. She read Psalm 91 to Mike and I and then prayed with us. Psalm 91: 4, "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." These words seemed to just calm me down more. When my blood pressure was taken they were surprised at how low it was prior to surgery.
The part that really touched me that morning was Psalm 91: 14-16, "'Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.'” I knew I was being protected. The night before when my other pastor called and prayed, he had asked the Holy Spirit to go before me and with me. The Holy Spirit was there! Another answered prayer.
While I felt comforted, by those who I know and love, I felt God showing me what HE had done. He brought those people to me - I knew it wasn't a coincidence! He was the one Who was my Comforter! 2 Corinthians 1:3, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort." I always say I do not know why I am always so amazed at the things God does! He always does so much more than I can imagine. Ephesians 3: 20-21, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."