Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Bad Hand, 3 Years Later

Tonight I can't help but have a heavy heart. A heart that is screaming in prayer and it is nights like these that I am thankful God can understand my heart and soul, because truthfully they speak what my words cannot.

Tomorrow my best friend's mother will undergo a surgery. A routine surgery gone wrong, has left this family with the worst possible hand of cards you could imagine. After struggling for three years and two months, this surgery is necessary so that she, Mary, can return to a normal life. A life where she can visit her daughter at A&M, and watch her youngest daughter carry on through high school. For the past couple of years, she has spent more time in the hospital than out. Through it all  I have watched as my best friend matured and took on her family responsibilities at the mere age of 16. She stepped up and did whatever it took to see that her family carried on.

No one should ever have to go though this type of physical and emotional struggle, but I can say that I have watched as their family has continually grown. Throughout this entire ordeal, they have never quit, or let the circumstances weigh them down, but they always have persevered.

This to me is beyond inspiring, because had the roles been reversed, I know that I would have shut down. Yet, as I look at my best friend today I know the strong woman she is and how she will do whatever it takes to serve her family and our God. She has walked the path less traveled and she has seen more than a fair share of pain and heartache for her life, but she doesn't let it get to her. She continues on.

I am thankful that I have a friend like this to remind me that whatever life throws at you, no matter the cards you're dealt, you still have to play the game. With all of this said, tomorrow is the day that their lives could change. The struggle could end tomorrow with this surgery and I'm asking everyone I know to pray that God will heal Mary.

I  pray that he will guide the doctors' hands, and give them the intelligence to perform the surgery well. I pray that he will comfort the friends and family in the waiting room. I pray that he will strengthen Mary to handle the surgery and come out with flying colors. All of this I pray because I know God is faithful. He will answer our prayers, and we must lie at his feet in petition.

This family is in God's hands and I know that he will take care of them, but I plea with you to do what you can and utter a prayer or multiple prayers throughout your day tomorrow for Mary.