We are confident, I say and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Bill could hear his phone ringing in the other room and he berated himself for leaving it there. He pushed himself off the sofa, disentangled his oxygen line and ambled into the kitchen to grab his cell phone.
It was the University of Washington medical center, Bill had been matched with a donor for new lungs.
My husband and I were arriving at the Portland￼￼￼ International airport after a short vacation. As we touched down and began to taxi to the gate, I turned my cell phone back on and was immediately hit with multiple messages and texts. I turned to my husband with tears in my eyes and said, “Bill is on the way to the hospital to get his new lungs!”
We were both overjoyed to hear this news. Our brother-in-law had been struggling with pulmonary fibrosis for four years and we knew time was running out. Life had become increasingly difficult and exhausting for him, but through it all he never complained. He was always so positive and happy. Fully trusting the Lord with every moment of his life.
As soon as we picked up our luggage and got in the car, we called him. He and my sister were driving up to Seattle as fast as they safely￼￼￼ could. With a lung transplant, there are no guarantees, we knew we could possibly lose Bill on the operating table. We told him how much we loved him and what a blessing he had been in our lives and in our children’s lives.
He humbly thanked us and said, “I’m looking at this as a win-win situation. If I die during surgery, I will be with Jesus, or if I successfully get new lungs, I will have a few more years on earth to love on my family. It’s a win-win.
Needless to say our tears were freely flowing.
Bill’s surgery was unsuccessful. The surgeon declared the donor lungs not viable at the last minute and canceled the procedure. ￼We continue to pray for new lungs but in the meantime we seek to follow Bill’s example and wait and trust in God for every situation in our lives. Knowing that He works out all things for our good, even death.￼￼￼￼￼
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence and peace in all situations. Help us be people of confident faith and steadfast hope in you, that we can encourage others, that life is always a win-win with you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
For further reading: 2 Corinthians 5