In an earlier blog post, I suggested that you ask yourself questions to see how you may think differently today than you did when you first had a stroke or some other health crisis. Many things have changed for me since my strokes in 2007 and I’m sure many things have changed for you as well.
If I interviewed myself today, I might ask some new questions. Maybe you will want to answer these same questions for yourself.
Question: Mark, if you could name three things that were instrumental in helping you recover from strokes, what would they be?
MM: “Of course, there are many things that contributed to my recovery and so limiting it to three things is difficult, but if I were to pick some of the top contributing factors, they would be these.
Number one is that I had to let go of my fears, surrender my body and my heart and mind to God and put everything in His hands. So, surrendering to God is my first one.
The second one is that I had to trust the doctors and the caregivers who were trying so hard to help me. There were times that I didn’t want to do the things they suggested would help me get better. It took work, hard work, and I had to trust them.
Like I said, there are many other factors, but the third one I would list would be the support and encouragement I received from my wife, Brenda, and my family and friends. I don’t think I could have done it without all of them. Their kind words, their prayers and just knowing they were near me, helped me to heal.”
Question: It sounds like those are three excellent considerations. Is there anything else you’d like to share just now?
MM: “Yes! I’d like to tell each person who suffers from illness that you are not alone. God sees you and knows what you are going through. If you let God help you, and let your friends and family encourage you, and listen to your doctors, you will improve. Just keep praying for God’s strength and wisdom in every choice you make.”
My friends, no one has all the answers, but as you continue to recover, you will look back and realize that you have always been in God’s hand. May you feel His presence in your life today.
Search for the LORD and for his strength;
continually seek him.
Remember the wonders he has performed,
his miracles, and the rulings he has given.
1 Chronicles 16:11-12, NLT