Don’t Lose Heart
By Mavis Tipton
Isa. 41:10 “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
On the morning of July 17th, the Lord gave me the above scripture. I thought to myself I’m not afraid, all is good. I have peace about the procedure Buddy will be going through tomorrow. Thank you, Lord for Your Word.
Early on July 18th our day began. We headed to Melbourne, checked into the hospital and then the wait began. Several hours after the appointed time for surgery it was finally Buddy’s turn.
A couple of hours later the doctor came out to talk with me, and due to his heavy accent, I didn’t hear him say they weren’t able to do the procedure. Instead I thought he said he had taken care of the problem.
Several hours later the nursed mentioned that Buddy was still having PVC’s and we both said “what?” She said they weren’t able to ablate them, and the PA would be in tomorrow morning to explain.
The next morning the PA explains everything, and informs us that we will be contacted by a doctor in Orlando to robotically do the procedure.
A few days later I was looking through my journal and saw the scripture the Lord had given me, and realized He had given it to me in advance of when I would need it.
I was so grateful to the Lord for His Word and peace, that I could rest in.
A few short weeks later, as I do every night after turning out the light, I thanked the Lord for the day, for rest and good sleep to be equipped for the next day. Then I tearfully asked the Lord “why aren’t you healing Buddy either through a miracle or the doctors?” I didn’t get an answer, but the next morning three scriptures were given to me.
1. Jer. 33:3 “Ask Me and I will tell you remarkable (isolated inaccessible) secrets you do not know about things to come.”
2. Psalm 4:3 “You can be sure of this: The Lord set apart the godly for Himself. The Lord will answer when I call to Him.”
3. Matt. 7:7 “Keep asking and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on knocking and the door will be open to you.”
It wasn’t the answer I thought I wanted, but it was and is the encouragement I needed. God has a plan and He will reveal it in His timing. Stay steady and trust in the Lord.
September 30th, we went to Orlando Fla. Hospital being assured by our new doctor that he could “fix” the problem.
Seven hours later, the doctor tells me he got most of the PVC’s but couldn’t get the dominate one. He was frustrated and I was disappointed.
On the way to the hotel the Lord reminded me that I had shifted my peace from Him to the doctor. I cried and repented, still asking the Lord to heal the problem.
Oct. 30th, we went to Orlando for Buddy’s post-op checkup. During that month Buddy grew stronger, feeling better every day. We went expecting a good report.
The doctor came in and said “you are not having any PVC’s.” He was very happy about it. Throughout the appointment we talked shared and asked questions, and then the doctor raised his arm with hand and index finger pointing to the heavens indicating who had brought the healing. He recognized who had done the impossible. One more powerful than him.
That act of acknowledgement was for me. The Lord was saying “see, I had it all along.”
We are rejoicing and thanking the Lord daily for His healing power and His faithfulness.
God’s Word tells us in Isa. 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
This scripture was spoken by the Holy Spirit the morning Buddy & I surrendered our hearts to the Lord. He is in control, and I thank you Lord that You are.
Thank you to the Body of Christ for praying for us each and every day. We couldn’t have done it without your prayers. We Love you,
Buddy & Mavis