"I shall live and not die, and declare the marvelous works of The Lord!"
By: Andre' Wilson
May 18, 1996 - Saturday early
afternoon, I was with a group of Christian campers at a wilderness campground
near Talladega, Alabama. We had been camping for the weekend and I had
just given a talk to the group about the shaking of God's church.
We were having a good time around lunch time when all of a sudden without warning I began to feel weird. People began to appear to be spinning around me, then I could not stand up. I did not know what was happening to me. As a healthy young man, I was never sick. If a pastor admonished people to accept Jesus because they did not know if they would live to see the next day, I thought of it for them for I had never known pain or sickness. I was blessed. I called over a friend and told her to watch me for something was wrong and she immediately went and got the director and he immediately told me that I was going to the emergency room. I said, "no, I'll be alright, just go on with your plans" They took me to the hospital anyway. When I got there they brought out a wheelchair and put me in it.
I was misdiagnosed
I was misdiagnosed with having a heat stroke but in actuality a blood vessel had broken in my lower back brain and I was bleeding internally. After a few hours, I was released and my friends brought me back to the camp, took down my tent and then took me back to Nashville, over 3 hours away. I got home about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
My wife who is a midwife, was at a birth delivering a lady's third or fourth child. At about 6 cm. of dilation, the lady went to sleep and stopped her contractions. My wife woke her up and told her that she was not going home but to our restaurant to do some prep work and would come back when the contractions started up again. Once in the car though, she decided to go home; had she not, I would have died.
When she got home, she saw our van in the driveway. She thought, "Strange, they usually don't get home until later when they have gone camping." She found me undressed and in bed. I never do that no matter what time I would go to bed the night before.
My asked me, "Honey, where are the girls?" We have a country property with several homes where our friends who worked with us live. I said to her, "They're down south playing cards" (remember that I have been bleeding now since early Saturday afternoon and it is now Sunday morning.) I was delirious. She said, "You are not funny - are you sick?" I said, "Yes I am sick, please don't go - oh I feel like my head is going to blow off." She lifted me up to a sitting position and my left eye rolled back into my head. Just then Mrs. Catchings, our friend who went to buy me some pedeolite, came into the house and asks how I was doing. "We didn't page you or call you because the hospital said that it was just a heat stroke." I said to her, "this is no heat stoke". My wife called a doctor friend of ours who sits on our board and he diagnosed me over the phone. "Heather - it sounds like a leaking vessel, take him in right away".
About 9:00 a.m. Sunday at one of the major hospitals in the city, they unfortunately said that I was on a cocaine overdose. My wife said to them, "My husband doesn't even drink coffee, please do a CAT scan!" They asked, "Where was he when this happened?" She said, "He was camping." They thought then that it might be a tick bite and that I needed a spinal tap and to receive some antibiotics to prevent meningitis. My wife would not sign any papers until she had first read everything. She then told them, "You might as well do a CAT scan while you are waiting." They did, and found that I had had a major severe brain hemorrhage. I was scheduled for surgery immediately but had to wait several more hours because two other cases came in worse than me.
By the time I went in for surgery, it was around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. I had been bleeding for more that 24 hours now and was just beginning to slip into a coma from which I supposedly would never wake up.
The surgery went fine and I was doing very well when they decided to do another routine CAT scan, and the doctor became white as a sheet. I had re-hemorrhaged. I lost 50 pounds in 3 weeks, and the doctors and nurses were wondering why I was still alive.
I was in and out of the hospital and rehab, and my wife was with me through it all. I was so weak and things were constantly spinning, and I vomited constantly.
What is the outcome of all of this? I know that I am a better person because of this and I would not had have it happen in any other way than it happened. The Lord reached me in a way that nothing else could do. I watched others die and yet I lived. Their loved ones prayed for them and yet they died; my loved ones prayed for me and I lived. It has changed my heart. I believe in choice and so I believe that The Lord took a chance with me in allowing the hemorrhage to come to me. I could have said, "God - later for you. Forget you ... for if you loved me you wouldn't have let this happen to me".
God knew that I would say. "Because you love me, I
survived and live and the reason is that I have something still to do for
you." It is very real when I say with Paul, "For me to live is Christ."
(See: Phil. 1:21)
There is one more thing, and this is what I learned also from this experience. Let me illustrate. Peter was a disciple of our Lord and for 3 years followed him. One day the Lord said to him that he would deny him. "No I won't, though others should deny you, I won't" The Lord then said to him, "Peter - you don't know yourself. Before the rooster crows once, you will have denied me three times that you even know me. Satan wants to have you that he may sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you. When you are CONVERTED, strengthen your brothers."
The rest is history. Had he been converted; he would have asked the Lord to prevent this from happening. He essentially told the Lord that He did not know what He was talking about. "You say that I will deny you but I say that I won't!"
I have learned that one can lose his or her connection with the Lord and sometimes we have to lay on our backs in order to look up ... know what I mean? I love Him because He adores me. Yes ADORES me and you. That is exactly why you are reading this. His love for you is amazing. He can do no other, for He loves all the same and He forgave us while we were yet sinners and rebellious (see Romans 5:8). Yes - He forgave us.
Considering what I have been through, I can't help being a little preachy, but I want my world to know the Lord of Love. I challenge all and any to prove Him. Don't dare Him and stop asking why so much, but prove Him - trust Him. Trust that He wants to somehow glorify Himself somehow through the trial Satan most likely is being allowed to put you through ... and you will see. He is more than wonderful. He is more than faithful. No matter what you are faced with, God can give you peace about it if you will diligently seek Him through this time of trial.
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Please pray this prayer with me because I know the Lord will use it to help you right now in your trial:
Heavenly Father, I come to you in Jesus' name, asking that you hear my cry. You know the situation I'm faced with. You know I see no way out of this situation, other than failure and more misery. I'm asking you right now to break down this mountain of fear, this mountain of anger, this mountain of doubt, this mountain of pain (whatever else you mountain might be) ... that is crushing me beneath it.
Father, I have a choice in the matter yet. I have a choice to trust you to get this mountain off me that is trying to crush me. I have a choice to stay questioning why you have allowed me to be in this situation in the first place, or stop question that and begin trusting that You have allowed it to teach me something important that will effect eternity for me, and for an occasion for You to glorify yourself through it.
From this moment forward, I am choosing to trust You to see me through this battle. I am choosing to trust you to show me what I need to do from this moment going forward how You want me to work in conjunction with You to bring forth God-glorifying victory out of this trial.
You say in Your word in Mark 11:22-23 to have faith in You, and to speak to the mountain that is crushing me. You promise me that if I speak to this mountain, I can trust You to remove this mountain from my midst so it is no longer crushing me, and I chose to glorify You and honor Your word over allowing my human reasoning to try to convince me that You aren't really going to help me afterall.
So I speak to this mountain right now. I command it to be removed off me - to be moved out of my way ... in Jesus name!
[It is critically important here to quietly ask and trust the Holy Spirit to impart to your spirit any specific demonic strongholds -- the names of demonic spirits -- that are really the mountain - that make up the mountain - trying to crush you. As Jesus cast out demons during His ministry, He tells us to cast them out to, when they are a mountain trying to destroy us. When the Holy Spirit reveals to you the NAME of those demons, speak to them out loud, commanding them to be removed off your life and out of your situation, and keep doing that on a daily basis until your faith rises. Afterall, it is steadily increasing faith in God you need the most right now to realize the removal of this mountain, as the Holy Spirit tells us in Mark 11:24.
Faith starts small; sometimes very small; small as a mustard seed in fact, yet once you make up your mind to allow your mouth to plant it, and allow your mouth to keep watering it through reminding yourself of scripture promises applicable to your situation and praise and thanksgiving unto our Savior, and continue to speak to anything that tries to rob you of God coming through for you -- commanding doubt and unbelief and worry and maybe even fear if necessary to be removed off you -- as many times as it takes throughout this trial -- you will in fact have a testimony of your very own to share in how God brought victory for you, praise His name!].
Now Father ... I ask and trust that you will reveal to me in times ahead what I need to keep doing from here to watch you remove this mountain completely off me, because by my will and your grace and strength through Christ Jesus ... it IS going to be removed from me! And so it will be -- for Your glory. Amen!
Thank you and God bless you for taking the time to read my testimony. If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at email@example.com.
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