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I went to the hospital that morning, not knowing that this would be the day in which my husband’s life would turn around. When I arrived, he was in pain as usual and, among other things, I sat down to read the Bible to him like I normally used to. I read from the book of Isaiah, chapter 40.
“Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
As I read this verse, there was a strong reaction from him. “Stop”, he said to me. “Read it again”. This word made him realise that the creature was questioning the Creator; the soldier was questioning the General. The roles were clearly reversed. Who was he to question God about all that was happening to him, as if God had no understanding or control of the situation? That morning, my husband finally began to fully trust in the One he was serving and he surrendered himself to His plans.
Then, there was an immediate change in him.
Finally, all the frustration he was feeling disappeared and an enormous smile came over his face. The change became even more obvious when his fellow soldiers came to visit him in the afternoon and he was chatting and laughing like I had never seen him do in a long time. “Randal, are you still in pain?” I asked him. For the first time in months, my husband did not feel any pain. That day marked the beginning of his healing – both inside and outside.
I immediately went to look for the doctor and asked him to come and check my husband. He was amazed at his sudden recovery. I then bravely asked the doctor what stopped my husband from being discharged. After a few examinations, the doctor said, “nothing is”. All he needed was a bed, which the hospital was willing to lend to us, and a full time nurse. While my husband pondered where he was going to find a full time nurse, the doctor told him not to worry about that because the best nurse was by his side. “I wish all my nurses were half as dedicated as your wife,” he said.
And so, my husband was discharged to go home, where he began the next phase of his recovery. He had to undergo physiotherapy and learn to walk again. I was there with him every step of the way, cheering him on during his sessions, motivating him, turning moments that could easily be bleak into fun moments and, with time, my husband got completely healed.
A soldier’s wife can easily hide herself behind her husband. Seeing that he is a man of war, it is easy to take comfort in his protection and success. But, we cannot forget that we are individuals and soldiers of our own. We need to be equally ready and equipped for battle.
This journey taught me that, through revolt and trust in God, we can shape our own paths in life. Initially, we were told that the most my husband would do, would be to walk again with difficulty. He was not going to be the same. I could so easily have accepted that word as final but, something inside moved me. I knew Who God was, what He had promised me and what He was capable of. I could not accept what I was hearing, because it went against His promises. A revolt was born inside of me against that life sentence and that revolt brought actions and sacrifices, which, in turn, brought a miracle.
Today, my husband is fully healed. He plays sports and does everything he was able to do before the accident.
Now, fellow soldier, I ask you, what is it in your life that has not been matching the promises of God? What casualty has been causing you a lot of pain and frustration?
You have a choice. You can either accept it as it is, patiently dealing with it, or you can choose to revolt against it like I did and shape your own path.
What will it be?
Mrs Claudia Brito