Last week, I posted a status update on my Facebook page asking the readers of the blog to pray for a miracle for Wanda Harrison, the wife of my friend Kevin. She had unexpectedly suffered a brain bleed that left her in a coma and without much hope for surviving. I concluded the status update by saying,
I know that it’s hard to figure out how to respond to status updates like this one. Nobody wants to ‘like’ bad news. So here’s an idea: if you will join me in a simple prayer for God to do a wild miracle for Wanda, just tap the like button to indicate your agreement, and let’s go for it. You never know what might happen.
If the “likes” for that post were any indicator, at least 450 people stopped and asked God to bring Wanda back to Kevin. I know Kevin, his family, and God were blessed by the faithfulness of those who prayed, but today, God will be bringing Wanda back home to be with Him.
This is doubly heart-wrenching for Kevin, whose 15-year-old daughter woke up with a piercing headache in the middle of the night seven years ago. After telling Kevin she loved him, she collapsed and died of a brain aneurysm shortly thereafter. Last night, Kevin shared this update:
I’m alone. The house is quiet. The only sound to disturb my sleep tonight is the sound of tasks I now have to do clanging against memories. Tomorrow begins a new chapter in my life. I do not look forward to this chapter at all. I’m in bed but I’m not sure how it is I am supposed to go to sleep. I could pretend that my love is just away for work and will be home soon but somehow my pretender got broken.
Tomorrow I will be signing documents that will ensure that this hole in my heart will get bigger.
Seven years ago I got by because someone was beside me to give me direction while I gave her laughter. Now I feel directionless without her. She was my compass. Without her I am drifting aimlessly.
I don’t know if you have ever had someone in your life that was so totally polar opposite that they completed you. That is my love.
So, how do you do it? What makes you survive?
MY survival is dependent on my Lord. He uses several tools. The first of which is Faith. The second is Friends, which I will definitely be calling on. Which leads me to Fellowship, which I so desperately need. And finally, I need sleep. I’ll work on that.
To those who read this blog, will you please take some time apart to pray for Kevin as he releases Wanda to be with Jesus and their daughter, Beth? This is one of those times when the Body of Christ can come together in a miraculous way, even if we didn’t receive the miracle we prayed for.