At The Blink of an Eye: God’s grace – The unmerited favor and mercy of God

It was a typical day March 15, 2013. The weather was nice and not too cold. Ed and I had been looking forward to going to the Dallas auto show. A quite bit was going on that day such as a Mary Kay event, a gaming show and other events that would take place that day.

We purchased our tickets to get in the auto show and everything moved along smoothly. All the oohing and ahhing from seeing the new vehicles such as the Cadillac’s, Volvos, Audis, VW’s, Mercedes, SUV’s, Trucks, and other fine vehicles but my all time favorite to see was the exotic cars—Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche, and I saved the best for last! The Rolls Royce and Mr. Bentley.

After walking around gazing at all the nice vehicles, we decided to get some lunch before going on with our day. Ed had a hot dog with the works and I had some nachos without jalapenos. “Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary)of the Holy Spirit who lives within you, Whom you have received (as a Gift) from God? You are not your own.” I Cor. 6:19 AMP

It was all good but at the blink of an eye, everything changed. I sat there thinking that the food just needed to process through because I was experiencing the dumping syndrome (eating certain foods to fast that causes your body to sweat) from gastric bypass but things quickly got worse. My body was wet from head to toe and I was bent over from severe abdominal pain. I told Ed we needed to leave and while walking back to the car, it seemed that the walk was longer than before. I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath but we finally made it to the car.

I told Ed to jump on the Tollway and take me straight to Centennial Medical Center. My time spent in the ER was special. Since my body was so clammy, the nurse had a hard time finding a vein. Finally, with the help of a Dr., they had to tilt me back and put an IV in my neck. When they sat me upright that’s when I began to call on Earl (which is better than saying throwing up). A Test would reveal a bowel obstruction (strangulation of the intestines) and a bleeding ulcer.

I stayed in ICU a few days before moving into a regular room. After losing about two units of blood, my ulcer was clamped off and I received two units of blood to replace what I lost. From there, it was a healing process.

‘By His stripes, I am healed’ Isaiah 53:5 was all I said until I fell asleep. Regardless of what I was going through, I had to reaffirm with myself that God is the healer. By Gods’ grace, I am still here. Thank You, Jesus!

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