|Posted by Lorraine Serra on May 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM|
After 9 weeks, exactly, our son, Ethan will come home tomorrow from rehab! Halleluia!
This day looked like an impossibility on March 4, 2012 when Ethan suffered a massive stroke 10 days after a foot surgery to correct his crooked toes and lengthen his Achille's tendon.
Many friends have wondered how this could have happened.
Ethan was born with a three chambered heart and no pulmonary artery. The right ventricle is shriveled and never developed completely. The surgeon created an artery for him with cow tissue, so that blood could run through his lungs to pick up oxygen.
His very existence is a medical miracle. It seems that today the word "miracle" is so casually used that it is hard to know when God has truly been on the scene.
Major medical breakthroughs and procedures happen all the time, don't they? Hips and knees are readily replaced, even primary organs, like kidneys, and hearts.
But, we have truly witnessed and want to proclaim God's goodness in providing miraculous recovery for Ethan, attested to by doctors, therapists and nurses. How else can one explain that a stroke which should have seriously compromised, if not totally paralyzed his left side, did not?
Ethan's speech was affected on day one, but it began to recover on day two. That in itself is not uncommon....the beauty of God's design is that often healthy neurons take over for the injured ones and function is restored, especially in a young patient.
Ethan's first stroke happened at age 4 1/2, leaving him with right side weakness. At that time, he also lost speech for the first day.
Now, he is 17 and his right arm was affected by this stroke with severe, painful spasms. Why? Nobody knows, because the brain scans tell a different story, praise God.
For myself, and my husband, John, it confirmed for us that we shall always take Jesus at His word: "Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God. Trust also in Me." John 14:1
These words Jesus spoke in the upper room, at the Last Supper. On the very eve of crucifixion, knowing the grief and confusion that was to come, Jesus encouraged his disciples that they might be able to stand in the days of persecution ahead...
His words also encouraged us to rise up as more than conquerors, as overcomers who see beyond the natural realm to what the Spirit is doing. We believe, as scripture says, that the same Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead, that same power is alive and indwelling every believer, Romans 8:11. We refused to be anything but confident in the Lord's work, in the Lord's plan, praising Him for healing beyond what we could ask or imagine, according to His perfect will, in advance, before we could actually see it.
Today, in a telephone conference between the rehab team and the school team in order to prepare for Ethan's transition back, two therapists, and the attending physician, and the psychologist all attested to the miraculous recovery they have witnessed.
Glory to God!! We are so grateful for the many people who have prayed with us and for us. We thank you for upholding us in prayer and standing with us believing God for mercy and healing in Ethan's body. God's love and grace have been more than sufficient. We continue to trust in His everlasting love.
Today we celebrate that Our God REIGNS, He IS ON THE SCENE, He grants THE VICTORY, and HE IS WORTHY OF ALL OUR PRAISE!
I do not presume to know why God has moved in Ethan's life. We are humbled that He has restored him to us. For what purpose? At the very least, to share our testimony, to tell of this experience so to offer hope to others.
I only know that we must testify to the awesome power of God and the reality of His intervention in response to the fervent prayers of believers. We refuse to allow the Enemy to plant doubt or fear in our hearts. We continue to encourage one another always, with the power of the Holy Word of God. It is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword; it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Faith is about climbing that mountain, as Abraham did, going onward even when the eye cannot see the end. Abraham trusted God who demanded the sacrifice of his precious son, Isaac, and going anyway, without fear, without doubt, but believing he said, "God, (Jehovah Jireh), will provide the lamb for the offering, my son." Genesis 22:8
This scripture has new meaning for me. And each of us who know Jesus, the Lamb Who was slain for all our transgressions, all our illnesses and diseases, need to truly believe this. We can do nothing less! We are humbled by His mercy and can do nothing but lay down our lives for Him.
To God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit be all praise and honor and glory forever and ever. Amen! It's time to celebrate!!