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Monday, March 23, 2015

Jehovah Rapha

Isaiah 45:7 "I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things."

Psalm 147:1-5 "Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure."

Exactly two weeks ago (3/9/15), Wayne was just getting out of brain surgery. Here is a picture of him being wheeled into surgery and a picture of him right after he got out of surgery in the ICU.

It is hard to believe that it has only been two weeks since his surgery. A mere fourteen days since I saw them wheel him into surgery to remove the deadly tumor in his brain. It seems like months, not days, since the doctors told me that they had removed 95-99% of the tumor and that he was already talking and moving his right side, something that they had told us wouldn't happen for at least ten days after surgery because of where the tumor was located. 

If the results of surgery weren't phenomenal enough, the last fourteen days have been amazing. Watching Wayne move from the ICU in just one day to the regular floor and then two days later move to RIC seemed unreal. Who has brain surgery on Monday evening and enters rehab Thursday afternoon? Wayne has continued to stun his therapists with his recovery as he has surpassed all of their goals for him. 

The best news is this: Fourteen days after brain surgery and Wayne has been cleared to be released tomorrow from rehab. Yes, tomorrow I get to drive downtown and pick up my husband!! If you would have told me that after only two weeks that I would be taking Wayne home, I wouldn't have believed you. The doctors told us to expect 5-7 days in the hospital and at least a month in rehab, with no movement or speech for at least 10 days after surgery. Here we are just fourteen days since his surgery and he is coming home! We will continue outpatient therapy, but most likely only speech therapy (I'll find out for sure tomorrow). Wayne's physical and occupational therapists have told me that he passed all their goals for him.

What I see in the last two weeks is the mighty, all-powerful hand of God. There is no way to explain his rapid recovery in such a short time. As I was sharing with a friend, she was stunned. She told me, "Well, Wayne's prayer has been answered. He prayed the day before his surgery that God would get all the glory in this. God is getting all the glory in his recovery." I would say that I agree! To God be the glory!! He gets all the honor in what He has done in Wayne's life. He is Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. The One who formed the world with spoken words, the One who holds everything in the palm of His hand, and the One who intimately loves and cares for us is the One who has miraculously worked in Wayne's life. As I see how God has moved and worked the last two weeks, I can't help but fall down in awe of the awesome God I serve. How can I worry about the next steps when His hand is so intimately involved in each step of this process? My view of God wouldn't be any different if we had different results or if we end up with different results. What I am learning on this journey is God is faithful and He is trustworthy. I see right now is that God has an amazing plan for Wayne and I can't wait to see the glorious unfolding in the days and weeks ahead! 

Did I mention I get to pick this man up tomorrow morning and bring him home? Everyone is thrilled!!


  1. Oh Becca,
    That is amazing and wonderful that Wayne will be home next to you tomorrow. What good news! God is getting all the glory for a miraculous recovery!!!

  2. Praise God from whom all blessings flow