It is early morning and Iâ€™m (Selena Day) surrounded by â€œGet Wellâ€ cards and medical paraphernalia sent home for us from the hospital. I am extremely grateful that what was meant for evil has turned into our good.
About three weeks ago, Chuck (Day) called me from Louisiana; he was singing at a menâ€™s conference and I had decided to stay at home. He asked me to pray for him as his chest was hurting very badly. I prayed and told him to call me first thing in the morning. Â Â
After he came home, we decided to visit our local hospital. In the ER, everything seemed good. His nurse told us that his troponin enzymes were negative. I asked what this meant and she said that it was a good thing. After many tests, we were told that his heart showed no damage nor any swelling but they wanted to keep him overnight to watch and do a stress test the next day, letting the heart doctors take a look at him. Â
We were very hopeful, thinking that in the worst-case scenario, he would need a stint in his heart. He failed the stress test and the cardioecogram, and they went in to do a heart catheter. The procedure lasted for 30 minutes after which life tilted and everything started moving at a very fast pace in slow motion. Â
I love how God knows how to meet us at every step of our journey. When they rolled Chuck back for the heart catheter, a young man came and found me and told me that God had wanted him to give me something. It was a rubber band bracelet that had Ez. 37 (The Valley of the Dry Bones) with prophesy written on it as well as the phrase: â€œThe Hand of the Lord is upon You.â€ Â
I kept the bracelet on while Chuck was in the hospital. I believe that it was Godâ€™s instructions to me during this time. God told to Ezekiel to prophesy that those dry bones should live. This scripture has been a very poignant story over the years in my journey with God and he reminded me once again to prophesy into my life.
After the procedure, I knew from his face that it wasnâ€™t good. In fact, those were the first words out of his mouth, â€œItâ€™s not good.â€ The doctor came in and started using phrases that spoke death to me: â€You need to get your family together;â€ â€œMake hard decisions;â€ â€œLife-changing;â€ â€œTransferring you to another hospital.â€
There were other people in the room with us, angels in my recollection. They talked us through this process calmly and helped us to focus on life and not death. Â
When we encounter adversity that shakes us deeply, it is amazing how God shows up even when we fail to notice it is him; from nurses, friends, fans and even strangers, each one shared a little piece of Christ into our lives. Â
I sit here writing this and I feel a little overdramatic writing these words, but when you are talking to a doctor about your husband’s profession and they tell you that there is a small chance that his vocal cords could be damaged and that there is a risk to heart surgery, it feels overdramatic to you. Â
Chuck has been professionally singing since he was 10 years old. That is just who he is. If something had happened to his voice it would have been like losing a hand or foot. So in the midst of this, I made a choice not to focus on the negatives of the â€˜what ifsâ€™, but to look toward the voices and people God sent our way to bring hope. Â
Never underestimate your power of just saying, â€œItâ€™s going to be okay.â€ Never underestimate your power of hearing the Fatherâ€™s voice and sharing your story. Never underestimate the power of giving a small amount to help. Â
We set up a GoFund Me site because we had no idea how long Chuck would be down and unable to travel or sing. I am so moved by all the people that gave whether large or small. Never underestimate the power of the widowâ€™s mite.
I watched them roll my husband back for surgery and I thought I was handling it pretty well, until I had to rationally talk to a stranger to ask questions and then the tears started to flow. I was all alone because I had left my support people behind due to an elevator not working properly. This stranger simply walked from behind her desk and hugged me, telling me that I was in the exact, right place and that their hospital was top in the nation for heart procedures. Never underestimate your power to comfort a stranger. She was exactly what I needed at that moment. Â
I had two friends that stayed with me pretty much the whole time Chuck was in the hospital, one who drove nine hours and took off a week from work to come and help me. Â Never underestimate your power to be a friend when someone needs it. They were my â€œAaron and Hur,â€ holding up my hands when the battle became weary to me.
I will never forget in the dark early morning hours God reminding me that how we at the last minute chose a song Chuck wrote many years ago to release to Southern gospel radio in November entitled, â€œThe Healing Stream.â€ Never underestimate the peace of Godâ€™s gentle reminders in your life.
As I sit here in the quiet of the morning, I am grateful at how well Chuck is doing. I am not sure how our life has changed, because we havenâ€™t ventured out into that life. We are timidly sticking our toes into the water of our new life, but I covet your prayers. If I know one thing that made the difference in our journey, it was the prayers of the believers standing with us for victory over our battle. Â
As we enter the Christmas season celebrating the birth of our savior remember that he is not just a baby, he is not just a martyrâ€¦He is alive and he is a king, working in your life, and he has a plan for you. Â
Access your right in the kingdom because during this season that is what I learned. God can and will use anything and everything to work what was evil for your good. Â
My heart may feel weary, but I am walking that truth every day and I am happy and I am grateful. God is with me. Â
Selena Day is a motivational speaker and is available to speak at your conference or event. Â You may contact her at email@example.com http://www.queenliving.org http://facebook.com/queenismsbyselenaday. Photographs courtesy of Selena Day.