Experiences with sick people.
by Istvan Gazdag
The examples are shortened.
Mrs D. was laying in a hospital because of shingles. Since the illness attacked her Nervus trigeminus (nerve in the brain), her left eye and the left half of her face were very swollen. When in the morning I went to the hospital, the nurse who had had the night shift told me that Mrs D. had been shouting from pain so much that she had been keeping the whole department awake.
Since a few days before Mrs D. asked me about my faith - she had heard of it from her room mate - , the things I had just heard from the nurse gave me the desire to immediately to go to her and see if I could help her in some way.
I took the New Testament off from the shelf, and told her to read the 8th chapter of the gospel of Matthew.
In approximately an hour I had the chance to go to her again. I asked if she had managed to get on with reading. After she replied that she had already read the mentioned part more times, I asked her some questions. From her answers I noticed that not only had she read and understood the text, but she even had got faith. Because of this, I told her the following: "Then time has come for us to pray." We prayed together. Then I continued my work until I could go around to see her again. As soon as she caught sight of me, she said:
"The pain is gone!"
Although the doctors had told her that the pain would cease gradually, within months (for, that's what it said in the medicine books), some days later she was even allowed to go home. I met her for a short while in the corridor, and I said:
"Don't forget God's Word!"
She replied happily: "Don't worry, I will never forget it!"
Maybe two years passed when I had her file in my hands again that said she had not been in hospital since then.
"Istvan, please, go to Mrs P. and talk to her! You know her better than I." - a nurse said to me in the surgery department.
- "Her son is in the intensive department, and he is dying. He had taken a big dose of drug - they did not know what - , and the doctors cannot do anything for him. He is going to die in a few hours; the latest and Mrs P. has no courage to go down to see him."
I answered that without the permission of the head nurse of the department I could not leave. I could not even ask for her permission because she repeated the same almost request almost word for word as the other nurse had told me a few minutes ago. So I went to Mrs P.'s room who was lying in our department because of a broken shoulder. I spoke to her five minutes, and asked if we should pray. She immediately answered yes, then after the prayer she said:
"If you came with me, I would have the courage to go down to see my son."
For this I needed the permission of the head nurse of the department again. She immediately arranged that somebody take over my work so that I could go down with the woman. Standing next to her son's bed, I told her to talk to him, even if he did not react to anything. He was lying in a complete coma there.
However, I talked to the almost dead person, and then we prayed together.
Later on I heard that two days later the young man was taken to a special clinic, and the third day, he was allowed to go home with his sister. This story also caused some discomfort, because later on the head nurse, in presence of all the nurses, talking about this case, said: "That's the way such things should be done!" This was not too wise of her to say because by doing so, she made the other nurses very angry with me.
It was towards the end of February 1999 when a young man from Bangladesh gave me a lift in his car, and asked me surprised: "What are you doing here in such a weather (I was standing at the edge of the road in a snowfall, in Switzerland), are you maybe a tourist?" As soon as he heard that I was on my way to preach God's Word, he said: "Then I will take you to my parents, they are believers." We arrived quite late, and his parents, who had adopted him, received me very doubtingly. While they were putting a dinner in front of me and we were talking, we slowly warmed up. They got encouraged when they got to know that I was a nurse. They told me that the mother - Mrs C. - , who was a teacher from France, was standing before a very risky operation. The doctors from Switzerland and Germany wanted to talk her out of having this operation done, saying that she would not survive. On the other hand, another doctor instead told her:
"Madam, you cannot live any longer this way either!" They told me what kind of operation would have been needed, and asked for my opinion about it.
My answer was the following: "Since I have worked in the operating theatre, I know what it is about, and I completely understand the doctors' point of view. However, if you'd like to, I could tell you some things as for the given case, from God's Word and from my experience too." This resulted in a more days' Bible study, several hours a day, to which I added such examples like written here. After putting the things we found in the Bible into practice, I invited them on to trust in God and He would do what He had promised! It was Sunday afternoon, when we took Mrs C. to the "St. Loup" hospital in the city of La Sarraz. On Monday, after her husband arrived home, he said the followings:
"My wife was brought to the operating theatre at about 8 o'clock. Because she was brought back to her room at around noon, the nurses ran to her surprised, and put many questions to her. According to the doctors the operation should have lasted 7-12 hours, so they did not understand what could have happened. However, she found out the reason when I was already at her bedside, and one of the doctors came to her room, he said:
"Dear Madam, I do not understand this, but I saw with my own eyes that you have not got any problems. The operation was not needed. We examined everything (by laparoscopy), but we did not find anything that needed to be operated. We did something though, not because it was necessary, but so that in this way we could understand what could have happened to you. We found some fluid in one of your ovaries, that we would like to examine. You are not that young (at time of the operation she was 56 years old) that you would need your ovary, so we eliminated it for examination."
On Tuesday, Mrs C. prepared the dinner for us at home. One month later she went to have a re-examination. Her doctor said:
"Just today there is a young lady here with the same problems you had had, and we do not have any hope for her. We had not had any hope for you either, so what has happened to you is a miracle for me."
The same doctor was standing in the hall entrance of the obstetric clinic when some months later Mrs C. with her husband went to visit their adopted daughter who gave birth there. As soon as the doctor caught sight of Mrs C., he immediately ran to her, hugged her, and asked her:
"Did you thank God for what He had done to you?"
One day I went to a hospital room where two women were lying, just to check something. When I turned back to go out, one of the women said:
"We are always happy to see you."
I turned to her surprised: "But I did not even do anything for you!"
"It does not matter. For us it is enough if your peace radiates upon us. It gives us such a good feeling!" - she immediately replied. Then the words of the Lord Jesus' came to my mind:
"When you go into a house, say; 'Peace be with you.' If the people in that house welcome you, let your greeting of peace remain; but if they do not welcome you, then take back your greeting." (Matthew 10:12-13)
and she said the following, surprised, about this man: “He is sitting there in his bed, and he is praying, like a little lamb.”Once four men (they were doctors and nurses) had to put to bed a frenzied old but extraordinarily strong man, and to bind him with braces. The next morning, the head department entrusted me with taking care of this man. She said I can have any time that is necessary for his do so.
The nurses were happy that did that just so they did not have to enter to this man. I was standing next to his bed and I did not do anything else for approximately ten minutes except talk about God and His Son, Jesus Christ, to him. After that I took the braces off him, I took care of him from head to toe, I made him sit at the table, and gave him breakfast.
While he was eating, I prepared his bed. The assistant head nurse just entered at this moment to see how I manage. In her surprise she shouted: "What did you do to him?" I answered laughing: "I took care of him." Then she ran out, and came back with the head nurse. They were so amazed that they did not know what to do. The man had to stay in hospital for a long time. Two or three weeks later I was sitting with some nurses, and we were having breakfast, when the assistant head department nurse entered, and she said the following, surprised, about this man: "He is sitting there in his bed, and he is praying, like a little lamb."
At a time I was living in a village called Grainau, under the highest mountain of Germany (Zugspitze), in the house of a military musician. One day, while I was praying, God asked me to go out to the main road and thumb a lift in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen that was 6 km from us. He said that the person who would give me a lift was in a big trouble, and He wanted to help him. First I put this request out of my head, but when God continued to urge me, I went to that road. I was standing there for a long while, holding out my thumb, but nobody gave me a lift. I was just about to start arguing with God telling him:
"My Lord, I am going to wait for ten more cars, and if nobody gives me a lift, I will go home because I probably did not hear what You said well."
Then the third car stopped. An old man was the driver who naturally asked immediately where I was going to. I could not answer because I was not prepared for this question. Therefore I decided to tell him honestly why I was sitting in his car. After finishing what I had to say, I did not even dare to look at him. Since he did not say a word for a long while, I carefully turned my head to him, and I was surprised to see him in tears. After he managed to quiet down a bit, he said that he was going to buy some beer, and he thought I could go with him to their home, and there we could have a talk in a relaxed way.
So, in their house, we were sitting there for a while when her wife arrived home. Surprised, she asked her husband who I was and how I entered their home. When she heard my story she also broke into tears, and it took her a lot of time until she managed to calm down. Then, she turned to her husband in astonishment saying:
"You always buy your beer in the same shop here in Grainau, why did you go to Garmisch-Partenkirchen today? What's more, you have never given a lift to anyone; why today?"
The man was thinking about this but could not find any explanations. They both were wondering about the things that had happened. One evening, when many believers were gathering in the musician's house, this woman also appeared. All evening she did not say a word, she was only listening to what we were speaking about, and doing. Finally she asked us the following question:
"Tell me, can the Lord Jesus cure me too?"
I replied her as follows: "Of course, if you believe in His Word."
Then she said: "I believe, please pray for me!"
That time we did not know what her problem was, but we prayed with her. After the prayer I asked her if anything had happened to her during the prayer, and she answered:
"I felt as if fire went through my back."
We did not hear anything of her for the following two months. One evening she was sitting among us again, when a man started to argue with us. He stated that today God does not do any miracles any more, that ceased by the Apostles' death. Just when we wanted to defend ourselves, the mentioned woman (who was 72 years old at that time) said:
"You can say anything you want, but I heard God's Word from the Bible here for the first time in my life a short time ago, and the believers who are present here today, prayed with me. Until that time I only managed to walk with the help of a corset (medical corset that stabilizes the spine), what's more, I was not even able to stand without that either. Two of the vertebras of my spine were gone or broken. After the prayer I went home, and I took the corset off, and didn't need it ever since. When I showed this to my family doctor, he told me:
"I have never seen such a thing!"
Thus, we found out why we had had to pray for her, and what God had done in her life.
Apostle Paul asked the Galatians an important question which was a matter of life and death, in order to call their attention by this to an elemental truth that cannot be ignored: "Does God give you the Spirit and work miracles among you because you do what the Law requires or because you hear the Gospel and believe it?" (Galatians 3:5) The Galatians could only give one answer to this question, which refers to us too:
"God is working among us by the belief coming from hearing." Therefore, if we hear God's Word through preaching, we have two choices:
"In Lystra there was a crippled man who had been lame from birth and had never been able to walk. He sat there and listened to Paul's words. Paul saw that he believed and could be healed, so he looked straight at him and said in a loud voice, "Stand up straight on your feet!" The man jumped up and started to walk." (Acts 14:8-10)
This is the one and the only choice through which we can get help from God. The other one we can see it unfortunately in the history of the people of Israel:
"For we have heard the Good News, just as they did. They heard the message, but it did them no good, because when they heard it, they did not accept it with faith." (Hebrews 4:2)
Once I experienced both possibilities with a woman, who called me through some believers to her. When I arrived to her house, she was lying in bed, in big pains (kidney spasm). Some people were present in the room, when we started a conversation. One of them saw the problem in one way, the other one in another way.We could not agree. Then God's Holy Spirit guided me to tell the woman that if I put my hand on her in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, (according to Mark 16:17-18), then the pains would cease immediately. She agreed. I stood up, and did as the Lord showed me to. At the moment I touched her, all her pains ceased. Very surprised, she told the people who were standing around, with a happy voice, what had happened to her.
However, suddenly, with a hardened face she whispered:
"I was born Catholic and I will die Catholic! I will not leave my faith!" and so on. While she was saying this her pains returned. How true God's Word is: "No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
If we are looking for Him, then it is not us who dictate what we want to believe - like this woman did - , but we have to believe what He says! Most people have a mistake here, even if they have some certain kind of faith in God. Most people make a mistake here, even if they have some kind of faith in God. They believe in God, or some gods, but only a few believe what God says.This is why the Lord Jesus says: "And you are my friends if you do what I command you." (John 15:14)
He only calls those his friends who obey him through faith! If He is not Lord over my life, I cannot be His friend! In which case I cannot claim any of His promises! The pain returned immediately! The Lord Jesus told a cripple that He cured: "Listen, you are well now; so stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." (John 5:14b)
This "committing a sin" does not necessarily mean to commit something criminal, but simply that we walk on our own roads. However if we do what He says - in order to walk on His roads - , then it is completely sure that we are His friends! In which case this refers to us:
"And so, my dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, we have courage in God's presence. We receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him." (1 John 3:21-22)
Then, even if we get into a trouble, we do not have to run everywhere for help, but we only need to obey Him:
"Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give is easy, and the load I will put on you is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."
Finally, I would like to confess - so that nobody think too much of me - with the words of Apostle Paul:
"I will be bold and speak only about what Christ has done through me to lead the Gentiles to obey God. He has done this by means of words and deeds, by the power of miracles and wonders, and by the power of the Spirit of God." (Romans 15:18-19)
In this way all the glorie goes are only to God and His Son, Jesus Christ. *** Whether we are facing serious illnesses, or any smaller or larger problems of life. For, whosoever has ever trusted in Him, he/she has never been ashamed. I only wrote these examples so that these confirm the fact that Jesus Christ who was resurrected from death, is also alive today, and wants to be our help; furthermore, the Bible is really God's Word and we can completely trust in It, in all kinds of circumstance - not only in those we mentioned here. Whether we are facing serious illnesses, or any smaller or larger problems of life. For, whosoever has ever trusted in Him, he/she has never been ashamed.
How wonderful the Lord is in all His acts!
Glory to His Holy Name!
JESUS IS MY LIFE
Jesus is my life, strength, peace.
Jesus is my companion, my joy.
I trust in You. You are the Lord.
I do not have any fears any more because You live in me.
I do not have any fears any more because You live in me.
Jesus lives! MARANATHA! Halleluja!!!
Translated by Eva Varga
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