A Living Testimony
As a Christian it is
easy to go about life's routine and ups and downs without realizing if you have ever
really been tested. Until your faith comes under such a fire that you cannot breath and
you are frozen with fear from it....then you have not been tested. And this type test come
from nowhere and suddenly there you are in the middle of it. My Pastor says that fear and
faith are opposites. You can't have both at the same time. Well, I had my test one day.
Out of the blue. I was so unsuspecting. And didn't even recognize it as a test of faith at
first. But as just one of those circumstances we humans have to accept. I was working from
an office in my home after the birth of my second child. Our morning routine of mushed
cereal and juice was interrupted repeatedly by my business phone. But it was what God
wanted me to stay home with my child.
I remember that morning very clearly. I was working and periodically checking my watch and
thinking to myself, "It's almost time for her to wake up." Her, meaning my baby.
I remember later looking at my watch in between frantic phone calls that is was time for
her to get up. An hour later I thought, "Well, she is sleeping in this morning."
This went on until she was two hours late waking. I began to worry enough to switch the
phone over to my answering service. I walked to her room as I did every morning singing
out, "Chelsea! Rise and shine gorgeous!" But as I entered the room I noticed she
hadn't even stirred at the sound of my voice. She looked kind of funny in the face. So, I
rubbed her small cheek with my hand and sang 'You Are My Sunshine' to her. Still she
didn't stir. So, I picked her up and she was like a rag doll in my hands. Completely limp.
The panic set in next and I raced to the phone and called my sister. I recall screaming in
the phone, "She won't wake up!!! Wake her up!!!" My sister told me to take her
to the hospital. Well, living where I did the hospital was too far away for me to drive
and I was in no state of mind to be driving. So, I put her in the car seat and drove to
her pediatrician's office down the street in our neighborhood. I don't remember how I
drove, if I even stopped at any lights or pulled out in front of other drivers. That part
is all a blur to me now. As I was gripped with fear. I was so terrified!!! Fear had set in
and took hold of my very soul. I ran into the doctor's office hugging my limp child and
screaming. The nurse immediately took me to a room and the doctor came in. He took one
look at my child and called an ambulance. He began drawing blood to determine what was
wrong with her. He told me that my baby was comatose. The bottom fell out!
I broke out in hives and began to feel myself fall to pieces. The fear had almost
completely taken all that I am and walked all over it. It wasn't until after they strapped
us in the back of the ambulance that my spirit kicked in what I had learned from the Bible
and from so many Sundays of studying just what faith is. When it did kick in I went calm.
Completely. I looked at my child and said this prayer, "Jesus, I love You. I have
faith in You for everything in my life. Even this. Jesus, you are the One that knows all
things. But, Lord, as I remember Job, I remember the test of faith. And Lord, EVEN if you
take this child from me today, I will STILL be your servant tomorrow. It will change
nothing between us."
I rode the rest of the way to the hospital much calmer. My fear having been replaced with
faith. My baby was in a coma for three days and they never could determine why. But I know
that when the test of faith came due...I passed!!! All those hours you spend studying,
praying and reading God's word....will pay off. God's word will come through for you when
applied to your life in all situations. Just remember to never let fear replace your
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