Last week Hubby complained of terrible abdominal pains. At first we thought it was a stomach virus, but when the pain grew worse with every move he made and kept him awake all night, I became worried. And when he gave me the okay to call the doctor, I knew it had to be serious.
So while I waited for the doctor’s office to open, I went to my best online friend…that’s right, Google. I Googled appendicitis. Hubby had many of the symptoms listed. A visit to the doctor confirmed it.
Last Tuesday evening, Hubby had an emergency appendectomy.
Totally unexpected…not a typical Tuesday morning event.
I’m so thankful for living in an area with modern medicine, a sanitary hospital, and skilled doctors. A friend told me about her experience in Russia when her son had appendicitis…shudder.
I was concerned for hubby, but you know what? I didn’t feel crushed by this unexpected circumstance. I was a little stressed trying to contact the right people in order for me to close my business early, but than that I felt such a peace about the whole situation.
Oh, did I mention we are currently without medical insurance right now? Yeah. So an unexpected surgery is definitely not in the budget.
We were blanketed in prayer by writing friends, family members, and my church. As I waited for Hubby to come out of surgery, I knitted and prayed. Peace surrounded me like a knitted scarf. I know God heard my prayers. He answered them according to His will. Would I have felt that same peace if Hubby’s situation was much worse? I don’t know. I hope I would. I can’t imagine going through my day without prayer, let alone unexpected circumstances.
No matter the circumstance, God is with us always. He walks with us through the fire and applies His balm to soothe our burns.
When you’re faced with unexpected circumstances, how do you cope? Do you find strength in prayer? Or try to go it alone?