Recovering from two strokes and major brain surgery is tough and grueling. After waking up from a month-long coma, I found that I had lost the use of my left side. When I read the newspaper, I realized that I had lost peripheral vision on my left side. I couldn’t walk. When tried to tie my shoes, I realized I was incapable of that simple task. I couldn’t squeeze open a clothes pin. And if I met you and you told me your name, after five minutes I couldn’t remember it. My doctors, nurses and therapists worked very hard with me and gave me all the tools to recover. I would ask when I was going to get better, and they would very nicely tell me that there was no guarantee I would get better. They couldn’t guarantee I would regain peripheral vision. It was not certain that I would regain the use of my left side. There was no guarantee I would walk again. No guarantee I would be able to tie my shoes again. No assurance I would be able to open a clothes pin. No guarantee my memory would return. They were correct in their statements.
As I went through the process, I found there was one guarantee I did have. That guarantee was from our God. If I believe in Him, He will never leave or forsake me. I realized this was the only guarantee I needed. When I placed my trust in Him, I was able to regain: the ability to walk, the use of my left side, the ability to open clothes pins and tie my shoes, as well as my short memory.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”