“For God did not give us a spirit of
but a spirit of power, of love and of
(2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
I asked my
daughter to complete a “Grandparent Medical Consent” form. We planned to take
our granddaughter camping with us and I wanted to be prepared for any potential
emergency. I never dreamed I would be the one rushed to the hospital.
a real trooper riding to and from hospitals with her Pop-Pop over the next two
days. She was a big factor to keep me calm and about my wits during the entire
appendectomy ordeal. I’m so thankful her collection of books entertained her when
her Nana could not. Pop-Pop played several games of Dominoes with her in my
checked into the emergency room of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, the
nurse asked me what my level of pain was, from 1 to 10. I told her, “It’s about
a 7.” But within a few hours, the pain escalated to a strong 10. I pushed the
nurse’s call button to let them know it was unbearable while Jeff and Dahlia
sat nearby to observe my prayers and grimaces.
One of the
comments the surgeon made at my two-week follow-up gave me pause. “I don’t
understand why you were not in more pain,” he remarked. “Your appendix had
ruptured long before you reached Piedmont Augusta Hospital.” I tucked the
comment into my heart, knowing that only by the power of the Holy Spirit and
His surrounding love was I at peace throughout the process. I felt the Spirit’s
power in mighty waves during that twenty-four hour period. He never left my
exercise the Spirit’s power of love and self-discipline in every trial I face.
I hope you will, too!