The series of unfortunate events began Friday. We found ourselves again in Urgent Care because Bill’s blood pressure was spiking for unknown reasons. Immediately I commenced sending out distress texts to my friends who know Jesus. They prayed. The hospital eventually released Bill. This time we got to drive home together, rather than the previous time when they kept him overnight for observation.
I AM ON BLOOD THINNERS
The next day was Saturday. We stopped at a roadside stand. Who would have known disaster could strike at Meck’s Produce? While I was looking around outside, Bill was already inside the building. As I went to enter the store, there was an older lady with a cane trying to exit. I stepped out of her way, clueless that directly behind me was a pallet of pumpkins (or large gourds). I tripped and fell headlong into the display. Did you know that the necks of pumpkins can be rock hard? One of them gave a direct hit to my ribcage. This ordinarily would not be that big a thing, but I am on blood thinners for my pulmonary embolisms. Bleeding out internally is always a danger.
WHAT TO DO?
The pain was intense and I hobbled into the store. Happy shopper Bill had missed my pumpkin collapse. He looked up and quickly got us into the car. I didn’t know whether to go to the ER or to go home. The pain was about a level 15 on the scale. What to do? I needed help. Immediately, I sent out more distress texts, especially since the next day I was scheduled to give a speech for the bride at a wedding reception.
I JUST HAD TO WHISPER “HELP!”
My friends were praying, but even more powerful is that the Holy Spirit was already praying for us. Romans 8: 26-27 has some wonderful things to say about these prayers: Now in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. I didn’t have to text the Holy Spirit. I just had to whisper: “Help!” He knew what to pray for even when I had no clue. He interceded for us.
THE ICING ON THE CAKE
Right now, Bill’s blood pressure is getting better. I am no longer in excruciating pain, consumed with fears of bleeding out. Best of all, today was the icing on the wedding cake – God gave me exactly the right words to speak at the reception.
HE KNEW HOW TO PRAY
I didn’t know how to pray. I cling to “for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us.” Without even a text, He knew how to pray, even during a series of unfortunate events.