Days like today are special.
It’s one I never want to forget. But, just in case my memory fails me in years to come, I desire to have the events of this day documented. To remind me of God’s faithfulness, and how He answers prayer. To celebrate His healing power, His unconditional love, and how He cares about what we care about.
I witnessed a real-life miracle today.
I watched my brother eat.
If you don’t know the back story, that sentence won’t mean much to you. (You can catch up here.) With my brother’s artery tear in August which resulted in a stroke, he lost the physical ability to do a number of things. But, believing in the power of prayer, we lifted Steve to the One Who created him, Who loves him, and Who knows him better than he knows himself. Thankfully, one by one, each function returned. All except for his ability to swallow.
Granted, that’s a major function for living. But, given all Steve experienced (even a couple brushes with death) we were thankful for Steve’s progress. Given a 50/50 chance prognosis of his swallowing to return, we continued to pray.
Can you imagine going through the rest of your life not being able to swallow? Or how about not being able to eat regular food through your mouth? I realize some people go through life with without swallowing and still live an abundant life. But I can’t imagine it. I can’t imagine not enjoying my favorite foods. Can you?
May I never take eating for granted again.
Fast-forward to last week. Something changed in Steve. He tried applesauce. And he swallowed it. He then tried other soft foods. And he swallowed them. He ate at a restaurant on Sunday. And swallowed the food he ordered.
This morning I picked him up for a coffee date. We sat and talked and drank coffee and ATE!
My heart rejoiced the entire time, and I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to watch this real-life miracle unfold in front of me. We reminisced about his days in the hospital. He shared of the wonderful people he met along the way and of those who supported him and encouraged him. We talked of how God has healed him. We celebrated the ability to spend a Friday morning together… smiling, laughing, and EATING!
Steve is a real-life miracle.
There’s no doubt about it. Sure, some won’t agree with me. But, they didn’t see what I got to see today. I’ll continue to praise God and be thankful for all He has done and continues to do in Steve’s life and in mine! (Even with a squinting-from-the-sun selfie!)
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