Guidance Through Trying Times
Asbury’s Holy Spirit Series has been nothing short of awesome! Everyone I’ve had the chance to talk with agrees—it’s super inspiring. More than just good teaching, it’s a true worship service. An uplifting mid-week experience! My personal thanks to Pastors Read, Ames, and Lambert for making this experience possible.
Most of you know by now that I was a late bloomer—meaning that I became a born-again believer at a late point in my adult life. Since that day, I have been blessed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (He comes to all of us when we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) but there are special moments when the Holy Spirit has blown my socks off with His supernatural power to guide me through the tough times.
A number of years ago, my husband Dave and I were returning from a Bible study at Eddie Warrior’s Correctional Center for women in Taft Oklahoma. Out of the gate just a short while, Dave suddenly pulled the van to the shoulder, threw it into Park and slumped over the steering wheel.
He began to seize and I pulled him upright onto the seatback. His eyes rolled back into his head. I learned later from the doctors that he had experienced a total heart block (i.e., his heart had stopped beating)!
Panic overwhelmed me. We’re out in the middle of nowhere in a 15-passenger van. My mind races. What do I do? Head back to Muskogee or go forward to Tulsa? How do I get Dave out of the driver’s seat so I can take the wheel? I desperately needed a clear and rational mind. I began to pray—out loud and in full voice
“Holy Spirit, come into my heart and make it still. Fall upon me and show me what to do. Spare my husband’s life! Please!
Revelation and a Newfound Hope
Immediately, the plan became clear and I knew exactly what to do. Calmly and swiftly I thought through the problem as the Spirit was revealing it to me. Then, just as I was springing into action, Dave’s heart began to beat again and he was revived.
Our story ends well, We made it back to Tulsa safely (me continuing to pray audibly), and a pace-maker was soon installed to protect Dave from any future episodes like this one. He has had no heart problems since.
The experience was most traumatic. I will forever remember how the Holy Spirit led me through that stressful time and brought us both safety home and into the hands of medical expertise.
Experiences like mine are not unusual. In fact, I have had numerous equally intense moments with the Holy Spirit since. He is always there for us to rely on—if and when we ask. God does not intend for us to lean on our own strength but to rest in His arms for both comfort and protection.
After all, He is God and we are not!