Monday, February 1, 2010

When Crisis Hits

“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”—Revelation 21:4 (NASB)

Life as I knew it abruptly halted last Tuesday. A dear friend ended up in ICU on life support. I've been taking twelve hour shifts each day so that my precious friend will not be alone. It's amazing how quickly "important priorities" pale in comparison to a life and death struggle.

The second day, phone call after phone call barraged my cell phone. Some called to offer prayers and comfort. Others wanted details. Having to tell what happened was too painful and exhausting. I thought, After this is over I will write an article giving tips for people who know someone who sits beside a loved one in ICU--hoping against hope.

In Chinese, the word crisis uses two letters. One represents danger, which faces my precious friend. The other letter represents opportunity. It's my prayer that through this crisis of opportunity that others will come to recognize and know God for themselves.

As I anxiously wait in ICU, El Roi, the God who sees, whispers, "I see you." The prognosis is not what we hoped. The decisions to be made are painful and difficult. God sees my friend and knows his will for our lives. Please pray for us, especially my friend's parents.


Roxanne Sherwood said...
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Sue Tornai said...

I have been in similar situations with my daughter and her son. It is not anything I want to do again soon, but I will if God calls me. Your friend is lucky to have you there. I am praying for you.

Scoti Springfield Domeij said...

Thank you Roxanne and Sue. I covet your prayers, which buoy me at the moment.