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His Grace is Sufficient

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

You never know how from one moment to the next what life can bring. On a Saturday morning back in February, I was having my morning coffee and waiting for the time to wake my husband up so we could go out for breakfast. That’s when I heard an eerie sound come from the bedroom. I jumped up and rushed to see what was going on though I already knew. I knew I would find Dave having seizure. This was one time I did not want to be right! But I did indeed find him convulsing.

Dave started having seizures some years ago but had gotten them and kept them under control with medication. Those were scary and uncertain days but we got through them and put those behind us. This seizure was similar to those before but even though familiar, still scary. It’s hard to watch and be completely helpless to do anything except, of course, to pray. Which I did! It took quite a while until he was coherent and in recovery mode. That one incident in those few (long) minutes changed the course of day-to-day life for both of us.

It was deemed a “break-through” seizure by his doctors and would mean no driving for three months. That’s a big deal for anyone but Dave does not have a Monday-Friday, 9-5 kind of job. He drives from site to site any day, any time with no set schedule. My schedule is equally challenging. Neither of us had a clue how this was going play out but Dave has to work as our sole source of income and I needed to continue my work in the ministry God has called me to do.

We discovered all over again God’s grace. We didn’t need to know the entire plan for the next three months. We didn’t even need to know the detailed schedule for each day. We just had to trust that somehow, some way by God’s grace, it would all work out. Sometimes we both needed God’s grace with each other when one or the other had a last-minute change of plans that had to be accommodated. Many times, we had to accept help and sometimes even ask for it and experienced God’s grace through the hands (and cars!) of another. (Special thanks to some of Dave’s customers for being a taxi service to his next site and to family and friends who pitched in and helped out!) Regardless of what was needed through the course of the last three months, God’s grace was indeed sufficient!

Dave’s seizures are under control again, for which we are very thankful. While we made the most of our time together and enjoyed more than a few good lunches, we’re both glad things are back to normal. He’s happily driving on his own again though I’m certain he misses riding shotgun with his bride! Most importantly, we both have a renewed sense of God’s presence, God’s sovereignty, God’s provision and the sufficiency of God’s grace when we need it.

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