I don’t handle people being sick well at all. It could all stem from when I lost my dad. Either way, I don’t handle situations like that very well at all. So when my wife started showing signs of Covid-19 I began to lose it. I started to panic. She could barely breathe. I tried to keep the worry inside away from the kids, but they all knew. They started to panic in their own way too.
I asked for prayers. I spoke with my brother on the phone. I listened to sermons. And then I prayed along with Jack Hibbs for this country during this time. Jack Hibbs did something that a lot of pastors haven’t done just yet, publicly. He got on his knees and prayed for this country; in front of this country. He humbled himself. I thought to myself, I should drop to my knees and pray for my family as well as this country, but found myself feeling embarrassed.
This kind of shocked me, and it shook me. What the … embarrassed? For what? The kids seeing I am human weak and frail? I felt I should get up, (I was lying with my wife comforting her while she was struggling for breath), get up and pray with the kids for the family and for my wife, their mother. So I did. I sat on the floor hugging Shadrach and we prayed. I then stood with Ezekiel, also in a hug, and we prayed for the family and for their mother. Lastly, I prayed with my daughter, Jade, holding hands. I went back into the room, lied next to my wife and came before God in prayer. I didn’t let my silly human emotions from letting me cry to my father God. I then fell asleep about an hour later.
A few hours later my wife woke up and told me quietly that God is good. I said, “Yes He sure is.” One of the boys came into the room and she said to him, “Do you know that God is good?” That is when I heard it. No coughing. No struggles with breathing!! She took a deep breath and didn’t cough at all. She just smiled. My heart … stopped. I felt like jumping off the bed and screaming for joy! I calmly asked my son, “Do you know why your mother just asked you that?” He buried his face in his hands to hide. “Listen to her I said.” I waited. “Listen.” He then sparked to life! “You’re not coughing!” He said excitedly.
One of the verses that Jack Hibbs mentioned during his prayer on his knees was 2 Chronicles 7:14
“and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Life is a struggle. I am just glad that God gave us art to appreciate while we are stuck here on this earth. But let me tell you a little about how I am. I am a father of three, married to a wonderful woman that is so full of passion it is sometimes scary. I am a fan of a lot of different styles of art including space vintage art, commercial art, Swiss modern, and much more. I do my best with my art. It is a constant struggle. I did mention struggle didn’t I?