I found out at the beginning of this week that the infection Floyd has been fighting is pneumonia in his right lung. Then, after doing more tests, Floyd’s doctor told me on Wednesday that he is actually battling 3 infections. This is very hard on his body. Our prayers have been for these to be cleansed from his body - soon! And for protection from any new ones.
Since yesterday Floyd seems to be slightly better. He was strong enough to be up in his chair, which hasn't happened for quite a few days. His eyes were clearer, and he was alert. I'm hoping and praying that we have "turned a corner" on these infections.
One of the hospital staff printed some scripture verses and put them up in Floyd's room. One of them is Hebrews 13:5 - "I will never leave you nor forsake you." I read it to Floyd today. He teared up when I did. We are praying that Floyd will be so aware of God's presence with him!!
As we continue to pray for Floyd, we know that God can do anything. He's the God of the impossible. And He knows just what He wants to do - what His will is for Floyd.
But He involves us in the process in the place of prayer. I heard someone say recently, "God does more when the church prays for the church." He wants us to lift each other up.
He wants us to ask. He wants the conversations with us. He wants the relationship with us as we meet Him in the place of prayer. He created us for friendship and communion with Him, and the primary place for that is in prayer.
When I first asked a few friends to pray for Floyd back in February, I had no idea of the worldwide wave of prayer that would break out.....a mighty wave that runs deeper and wider than just praying for Floyd. I think God had in mind something so much greater. Our intercession during this journey is as important as the outcome from all the prayers!
This intensity of prayer has something to do with things that are on God's heart for the Body of Christ. We must keep pressing into Him for His purposes to be fulfilled. I truly believe there are big things coming.
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
"When I had nothing, desperate and defeated, I cried out to the Lord and He heard me, bringing His miracle-deliverance when I needed it most. The angels stooped down to listen as I prayed, encircling me, empowering me and showing me how to escape. They will do this to everyone who fears God. Drink deeply of the pleasures of this God. Experience for yourself the joyous mercies He gives to all who turn to hide themselves in Him." Psalm 34:6-8 Passion Translation
How faithful He is to meet us - whenever we call. The angels protect us - and He delivers us and washes over us with His joyous mercies.
I'm so grateful I can turn to Him again, and again, and again. "His mercies never come to an end." Lamentations 3:22
And I know He is being just as faithful to Floyd too!
Daniel 3:16 – 18 says: "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.'"
From the beginning of this unexpected journey of Floyd's illness, I have "released" Floyd to the Lord. Our family has done that collectively. Individually many have done that. I personally have told the Lord repeatedly that I trust Him, I release Floyd to Him, and want His will to be done.
I've also spoken to Floyd and told him that I release him to go be with Jesus if that is what he thinks is best. I've told him that I'll be okay - not to worry about me.
While we have fervently prayed for the "breakthrough" like the word the Lord gave Floyd for this year, we've realized that there is no guarantee of that healing. We have made all the choices and responses that we know to do - including releasing Floyd to Him.
All we can do is ask, wait, and trust!
Like the three Hebrew young men, we say "we know God will deliver us, but if not..." we serve only Him and we trust Him!