Today, I’m simply contemplating on the Goodness of my God. I was thinking about how last year I went through so much in hospital trying to recover from Encephalitis (A sickness that causes short-term memory loss) and how the whole thing happened. I started off having a cold (a stuffed-up nose) and I was feeling tired everyday and kind of lethargic and was sleeping a lot more earlier than usual. This all happened after I had just preached on the power of tithes and offerings for breakthroughs in my previous church. Many people were receiving breakthroughs upon breakthroughs after that particular sermon that I have to give God praise! I had wanted to continue preaching on the topic of Spiritual Warfare, but as you can see, life dealt me a different card and I was out of commission for a whole year after I got sick in May 2016.
I personally don’t know how I got to hospital but from what my twin sister told me, she found me in my bed non-responsive having a seizure with my hand sticking up twitching in the air as I was foaming at the mouth. I’ve seen people in movies have seizures and I always thought there was pain associated with that experience; however, for me, I didn’t feel any pain because I don’t recall the whole thing, praise God! 😀 All I know and remember is that at one moment I was in my bed and the next moment when I finally had my senses together, I was in a hospital room. How I got there was beyond me until my twin relayed the whole situation to me. I was completely dumb-founded.
She told me that she had taken me to a walk-in clinic and they practically did nothing and told us to go home and explained that I should just sleep it off since they thought it was “just a cold”. My twin sister did not agree with their diagnosis and got a second opinion with my mom elsewhere and was told I needed to be rushed to a hospital because of the seizure activity. When I got to the hospital, it appeared that I was anemic (low in hemoglobin) and needed a blood transfusion from what I read in the doctor’s notes and I was completely disoriented. I think if my sister and mother had delayed in getting a second opinion, I would have probably gotten to a stage where I would have either been brain-dead or left in a vegetative state since encephalitis can damage the neuro-pathways in your brain severely if left untreated. And to top it off, it usually attacks elderly people more frequently than people from my age bracket (early 30s) so everything about this experience was weird and at the same time miraculous.
From what I’ve read from documented cases of Encephalitis, not many people recover in the way that I have and that explains why some of the doctors I visited considered me a medical miracle/anomaly which is why I give God the Highest praise! 😀 It also explains why I was asked so many questions by the student doctors when I was at the Rehabilitation Hospital. I thought this was no big deal, but apparently, it was a medical mystery as it was a miracle. I praise God for all that He has done to help me regain myself again. When you don’t have your memories, you definitely feel like you’ve lost a piece of who you are. It’s the feeling of being incomplete is how I felt. When we recover our memories, you recover your lost identity and that’s how I feel Salvation is like for non-believers. When you begin to realize who you are in Christ, it’s like as if you’ve regained your true identity. Without God, you simply don’t know who you really are even if you think you know who you are without Him.
I’ve also learned that when you believe God, you’ll face numerous attacks to make you waver in your faith. For me, I’ve faced various attacks since I was born, whether it has been physical attacks, spiritual attacks, or through the malicious actions of other people who either hate me or my belief system in God, through sickness, accidents aimed to kill me/injure me (I was hit by a bus and SUV), and the list goes on and on. Am I discouraged? HELL NO! I may experience setbacks, but I always look forward to God’s comeback!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I’ve discovered, that when you simply are obedient to pursuing the cause of Christ Jesus in your walk, you will face trials and tribulations, but Jesus tells us to take heart, for He has overcome the world. With what I’ve been through, I believe that I can overcome the world with God on my side. Do not be filled with self-pity over your situations; rather, be grateful for your lot in life. Some people have it worse than you do, so appreciate what you have in your life right now with respect, value and gratitude in your attitude. Despite this long recovery process, I’m not discouraged about preaching the gospel. I’ll continue to blog about my faith and if God gives me a platform one of these days, I’ll preach to the masses concerning the goodness of God. I’m not afraid to talk about my Jesus! So my encouragement to you today, is to remember God each time you face a trial. He is the One that produces the testimony out our your tests, the message out of your mess and the victory out of your trials. Be Encouraged, Amen!
I have a song by Casting Crowns called Just Be Held to encourage you today. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀