January 29, 2018 by Kgalalelo
Nurturing one’s spirit on a daily basis is vital for the mental and emotional wellbeing of every person. In this life that is ever evolving, we meet challenges day in day out and sometimes you wake up feeling dreadful and can’t figure out what happened. I have many of those episodes at times and I would feel like screaming or taking off on a long journey on my own just to get a breather, but does it mean the problems have gone away, absolutely not, they go with you but sometimes they disappear along the way or lose their hold on you. Taking a drive during times like these have been a soother for me and I had done it many times especially when I was still single. I would take a long drive out of town wherever my heart took me.
The month of December particularly and January had their ups and downs even though there had been many things also to be grateful for. A few days before Christmas, we reversed the car into a pole and the rear light was completely shattered and the bumper bent. It was a bit ugly and you could see that the repairs would be costly. The first reaction after the obvious downheartedness was to think on one’s feet and get a quotation on the same day to send to the insurance company and that is what we did. Since it was close to Christmas, my husband and I arrived just in time at the penal beaters as they were closing on that day for the holidays. They informed us that they would only resume duty on the 3rd of January, and so, there was nothing much we could do from that day until the beginning of the year even if the quotation was approved.
That was the first woe of December but it didn’t stop us from planning the scheduled holiday ourselves to leave on the morning of 22 December 2017. I still had to go to work in those few days and one afternoon when it was time to go home, my car wouldn’t start. I tried everything I possibly could at that time but it was futile. I presumed that it was probably the battery and so awaited a colleague and asked for a lift home. I let the matter lie that evening, informed my husband about the predicament and the next day we both took the taxi to work that he also could take a look at the car. We took the spare key with us just to test it as well and when he put the initial key in the ignition, nothing happened but as soon as he tried the spare key the engine sprung to life.
I had accidentally dropped the key on the floor the previous day and thought that could have damaged it but we had to be certain and thus drove to the car dealer for assistance, confessed my sin but was told that had nothing to do with it. The dealer put the key in a machine next to her desk to get the reading and informed us that it was not responding and that to have the key diagnosed by the specialist, we would have to pay a thousand rand. We were appalled! How do you pay so much money just to identify the problem with the car key? This was truly shocking. We had a 600km trip ahead of us for the holidays and couldn’t spend money for that eventuality and so decided to stick with the spare key instead. We would have the other key examined when we returned.
We took a six hour trip on the 22nd December to Pietermaritzburg as we had to attend a family wedding the next day which was a Saturday and all went well. The day after the wedding, I awoke at 4:00 a.m. with a stomach ache. My tummy was running and I felt horrible and lost appetite. I spent the 24th December in bed, fell asleep way too early and woke up on Christmas day feeling better but not completely well. We all had to spend the day indoors to accommodate me as I was feeling exhausted and feeble. I rested for the remainder of the day as we had to drive back home the next day at 8:00 a.m. On that morning of 26th December, my husband awoke early himself with a stomach ache. He felt weak and nauseous and had serious diarrhoea. We thought it could have been something that we both consumed over the weekend but couldn’t tell what could have triggered almost the same reaction but his was worse.
I made him a high-fibre cereal to regain strength and it helped but he was feverish then again insisted that we drive home as scheduled and I took the steering wheel while he lied down in the car. We drove for about an hour and a half when he asked me to stop the car and park next to the road as he was feeling nauseas again and was about to throw up. As the car came to a complete standstill he jumped out and walked a little further to get air. We waited a little while for him as the kids were also in the car and then sped off. I was in a hurry to get to the pharmacy in the next town and drove another half an hour to Harrismith but when we got there he was fast asleep and I decided to drive on until we reached Bethlehem. The pharmacy was on the main road and so it was easy for me to pop in for a few minutes and get my husband some medication.
The children were also hungry and I stopped over at a fast food outlet in the same street to get some refreshments for everyone and hit the road. We drove two more hours and arrived home at 16:00 p.m. The trip seemed short as there was less traffic on that day and I might have driven a little faster. My husband went directly to bed when we got home and when I checked up on him an hour later, his condition had worsened; his fever was abnormally high. I patted his face with a wet cloth but the fabric absorbed the heat and felt like it had been placed on the heater and that’s when I knew he needed a doctor. I helped him back to the car, took the kids and sped off to the hospital all the time praying.
My husband was admitted the same day and it was terrifying not knowing what was wrong with him. It was stressful but I had to be strong for the sake of the children and my own sanity. The next day when I went back to see him, they had isolated him and I was informed by the nurse that it would be better if I wore the protective gear and the kids kept out of the room until the nature of the ailment was established. Tests were being run on my husband and he was given very little to eat. It was really weird as one minute my husband was all right and the next not. It shows that we are really not in control of anything, but God is. We never know what tomorrow holds but I thank God that we know who holds the future and it is God Himself.
I sustained myself through prayer in the week that my husband was hospitalised and I prayed for him every day. I had to take care of the kids and the entire household on my own. I went to the hospital every day to visit him and at the end of the week he was released with the instruction to follow up a month later. What a joy to us knowing that the condition was curable.
My husband arrived home not necessarily at tip-top shape but he was doing much better. We spent the day in-house and the next evening his fever shot up again on New Year’s Eve. I sat with him, patting him with a wet cloth and praying and confessing the Word of God. I was taking God upon His Word that by Jesus’s stripes he was healed (Isaiah 53:5).
At twelve midnight, when everyone ushered the New Year with jubilation I was praying and trying to get the fever down and soon after, his normal temperature was stabilised. I fell asleep at 2:00 a.m. God is faithful and the Bible says He watches over His Word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). Healing is His plan and He heals accurately for that matter. The next day I told my husband that he needed to walk in faith, get out of bed, take a bath and we would go out to get some supplies for the home and it was so. His health was fully restored as soon as he took a step. The Bible further says “God is our refuge and strength, a very pleasant help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). I ran to God and He kept me company during challenging times, healed my husband and our lives returned back to normal.
As I breathed a sigh of relieve and excited to sit at my laptop and resume with my normal writing schedule my laptop packed up. The screen suddenly went black while I was busy typing. I switched off the machine which came on but not the screen. The monitor had given in! All of these events could easily discourage anyone because it was one thing after the other and all of these carried a huge cost. I knew that I had to surrender all to Jesus because it’s in times when you don’t understand when you really have to let go and let God and trust Him even more no matter how upsetting everything is. I borrowed my husband’s laptop to continue writing my articles otherwise I couldn’t have managed. I ordered a new laptop online, paid for it and in three days it was delivered. I was impressed about the speed in which the laptop was delivered, however, when it was set up time, I struggled like you won’t believe. The machine required stuff that I thought were covered with the price that I had paid. I had spent good money for an excellent laptop only to struggle afterwards and I decided to return it for a full refund.
I was quite disappointed but knew that everything happens for a reason. Perhaps God had something better or even so, trying to help me avoid too much debt. I thought maybe this could be a blessing in disguise and it was as I consulted a colleague at work, explained issues with my laptop and he suggested that since it was only the screen that had packed up, I could use an external or independent monitor by simply connecting the laptop to that monitor. He advised me to go purchase the HD Conversion Cable near the workplace at the electronics shop and I did and gave it to him. He connected his monitor to my laptop and it came on. All my data was still there and I was very grateful. God had done it again, giving me an easy and inexpensive way to retrieve my information and reuse my laptop again without breaking the bank. I was sorted and good to go.
The Bible says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). We often don’t understand why things happen as they do but salvation and deliverance are of the Lord. He builds us up with circumstances, strengthens us and provides in ways we could never fathom.
Ecclesiastes says that what is has been before, there is absolutely nothing under the planet (Ecclesiastes 3:15). The circumstances and events of our lives are the same. What happened to me and my family is happening everyday somewhere around the world. We might be thinking that God is angry with us which is not the case, the Bible says that He creates a way out. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “no temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”. Temptation comes in many forms, we are often tempted to give up and throw in the towel but God creates an escape route one way or another. At times we are tempted to blame others for our anguish instead of trusting that God is always with us.
I took my daughter the other day to a party and while talking with other mothers, the one told us that both her laptop and the husband’s were stolen in the car while another told that on New Year’s day, her heart stopped which forced her to start eating right and exercising. She now looks fabulous. The same situations in different ways and I’m certain you are reading this and thinking, me too!
Let us therefore rejoice in the Lord knowing that He always work out good in every seemingly difficult situation. You might not know now but maybe you will understand later when everything starts unfolding perfectly in your life. We serve a mighty living God and He is always full of wonderful surprises. When it’s tough, hang on to Him.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. &
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