English Version Follows
In Proverbs 3:25, we are admonished by God’s Word that we should “…not be afraid of a sudden terror.”
Nevertheless, sometimes we may still feel caught off guard. At approximately 3 am on Wed., March 9, 2022, I awoke to use the bathroom and had very painful urination. I was also shocked to see a lot of blood. This occurred again at 7 am so my wife and I rushed to the ER; fortunately I was seen immediately. After some procedures and monitoring, the bleeding seemed to have come under control. We went home, but the problem occurred again and then again, so that within 24 hours I went to the ER three times. The third time I begged the medical staff not to send me home without the bleeding issue being resolved.
I must say that I have never experienced such great physical pain in my life. When the frequent and intense “bladder spasms” came upon me, I was only able to cry out to God and yell out to the nurses to give me relief, whatever it would take. I suddenly came to comprehend much more closely and deeply the meaning of the Bible passage, Isaiah 53:4-5:
4 Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed.
After three days of seemingly never-ending suffering while the medical staff worked to encourage the bleeding to stop, the doctors did a fulguration on the surface of the prostate, the location of the problem, which stopped the bleeding. I can never say enough thanks to all of the medical staff in the hospital for their professionalism and genuine care. Praise be to God for His provision!
A strong impression came upon me during my hospital stay that the staff – doctors, physician assistants, nurses, and others – were of all different races and ethnicities. Staff members were either from, or born of parents from, places like Uzbekistan, Burma, Haiti, Jamaica, China, Spanish-speaking countries, European countries, etc. I experienced the most beautiful racial harmony in a very difficult situation. The mingled sound of various languages and accents passed through my ears.
Another fond memory from my hospitalization: for two straight nights the “neighbor” (from Costa Rica) in the bed next to me never stopped making noise: his television was on for 24 hours even while he was speaking on the phone, loudly and constantly, with friends and relatives. The nurse, aware of the situation, even brought me a pair of ear plugs! However, after the gentleman’s discharge, I found that I truly “missed” the excitement and cheerful atmosphere he had brought to the room.
I am thankful for the opportunity to have gotten to know so many ordinary heroes who are working so hard, all with a joyful attitude, to care for others physically as they also provide financially for their own families. One Jamican nurse who took care of me on the night shift told me that everyday after her night shift she would go home, sleep for three hours, and then go to pick up her eighth-grade son and sixth-grade daughter from school so that they could avoid the bullying and overall negative treatment on the school bus. (I was glad, then, to be able to share with her that my ministry is to help families to do homeschooling and encouraged her to find a local church. She was very interested and thankful for our discussion.)
I can never have or express enough appreciation for my family and for Christian brothers and sisters! My wife kept me company throughout the time; she also handled car issues which I normally would have taken care of. (For example, at one point, after visiting hours were over, the car starter did not work and the car needed to be towed.) I have really obtained great favor from the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22) My children also put together a huge card with photographs which I could view from my bed at all times. I knew many people were praying for me. I can only say, “Who am I, that God should care for me so tenderly?”
Yes, sometimes we will experience “a sudden terror” (or what seems like it!), but “the Lord will be [our] confidence and will keep [our feet] from being caught.” Praise God!