These are words that I cherish. As often as I see Gary, he utters these sweet words to me. Love is stirred in my heart and I remember how many hours he spent with me along with his wife Diann when I became a believer. Gary led a Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study every Sunday morning before our church service. As a new believer I was like a sponge. I wanted to hear everything. My dear friend Mark from my workplace spoke to me one critical day about Jesus and you can say the rest is history. I was now being discipled. Gary has become a dear friend. Then things changed on July 4, 2019. Gary was clinging on to his life. Gary has a massive heart attack and his brain was not receiving any oxygen. His son Jason said, (paraphrase) “He has suffered through two cardiac arrests, a lengthy lack of oxygen to his brain, seizures, broken ribs, a punctured lung, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, kidney failure, multiple medically induced comas, a tracheotomy, among other things” Prayers began for Gary. A lot of prayers.
Over the next several days and weeks, many people joined the family in prayer for Gary’s health and healing, for strength for Diann and their sons Scott and Jason. We prayed for their entire family for God to pour out His supernatural presence by His Holy Spirit. Gary was hooked up to hospital devices that would lengthen his life, but the prayer for Gary was complete restoration. Oh, I wanted to hear those words from Gary again, “Brother George. How are you?” I couldn’t imagine not being able to see Gary and Diann in church each Sunday, encouraging others to simple believe God’s authority over all things including healing. I’ve prayed along with them for many other people. Believing God for the promises in His Word. Faith rose up to a level I’ve not witnessed before. God manifested His Holy presence and said, “It is finished”
Jason followed with this in one of his updates on his dad. “BUT today he gets to go home. His prognosis was so grim and chances of recovery so small, BUT today he gets to go home. When he began to come out of sedation, he wanted two things: water, and to go home. The guy who’s known in medical circles as “miracle man” will get his wish today. He gets tired quickly but can do many things on his own and will continue to build strength from home. He will return to his beloved chair where this all began, only this time with quite the story to tell instead of read.” A miracle testimony. Gary is the “Miracle Man”. But God…
We must remember God’s promise, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV}
Through it all, God’s been good. Through the hundreds and hundreds of hours Gary’s family spent with him in the hospital, their strength was upheld by God’s strong right hand. The family began to speak the many promises of God. And God delivered Gary. God is faithful. God said, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)
I rejoice that Gary is alive and ready to tell the world of God’s miracle healing. Gary’s the “Miracle Man”. God is the giver of life and he gave Gary a second life. I’m reminded of Lazarus.
Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” (John 11:38-44 ESV)
I’m looking forward to seeing Gary and Diann tonight with my wife, Nancy. Oh what joy I will have when I hear those words again. “Brother George. How are you?”
Don’t believe me. Believe God.