So they moved the stone away from the entrance. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you heard me. I know that you always hear me. But I said these things because of the people here around me. I want them to believe that you sent me.”
After Jesus said this he called in a loud voice, “Lazarus come out!” The dead man came out. John 11:41-43
In 2016, my brother and husband stood at the foot of our Mother’s hospital bed and my spiritual sister and I stood on the side of her bed as she closed her eyes and loss consciousness. We watched the Cardiac Monitor reflect a falling heart rate of 32 beats per minute as I heard “Code Blue room 120” announced overhead.
Immediately a rapid response team entered the room and asked if she was a DNR-Do Not Resuscitate. My mother had previously expressed to me that she did not wish for CPR or life-support when it was time for her to close her eyes and sleep in Jesus. In a couple of minutes, the monitor aggressively alarmed as the screen reflected a flat line. We watched our Mother’s lips turn blue and gasp her last breath–she was clinically dead. Not one of us moved from her bedside, the hospital staff were respectful and maintained complete silence.
For the longest minute of my life, I can recall the deafening silence of death. I begin to rub my Mother’s hair with my hand trying to grasp the reality that she was gone. As I removed my hand to steady myself by clenching the bedrail, we heard a loud noise as she inhaled a deep breath, opened her eyes, and asked, “Why is everyone staring at me?”
We heard the door open to her room as the physician entered with a look of amazement, he did not expect to see his patient alive and smiling. Afterward, he relayed to me that the report he received was one of imminent death. As I continued to listen to him speak, the only words that I can remember are, “Now I believe that there is a God.”
The history of my Mother’s condition is that she was diagnosed with End Stage Heart Failure in 2015 with an ejection fraction (EF-Ejection fraction is a measurement of the percentage of blood leaving your heart each time it contracts) of only 10%. A normal EF is from 55%-70% and indicates the heart is functioning in its normal capacity.
My mother will be 86 years of age this year and still performs all of her own activities of daily living, including cooking and laundry duties. She acknowledges that she is blessed and highly favored by God. She still reads the Bible, prays, sings, and has a mischievous side that my sister and I inherited.
I witnessed two miracles on that eventful day; the gift of life and the physician’s change of heart from an Unbeliever to a Believer in God and His mighty power.
In the same way, I tell you, “Joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.” Luke 15:10 CEB
It is a simple step to “Just believe in God.” He is waiting to show you that He loves you, He cares for you, and that He is the GREATEST.
Prayer for today: Dear God, You are great and we thank you for your love, your grace, and mercy. We believe in you because you first loved us and you only want the best for us. We acknowledge that we have not done our part by serving you faithfully. Thank you for the blessings and the miracle of life that we have today. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019