Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rachael Hinkle Update #5

Each day a new prayer is answered. Rachael is breathing on her own!
Read that again. ON HER OWN


Over-breathing is what they call it when the patient is taking their own breath over what the ventilator is set for. Just a few days ago it was very grim. There were between 4 and 0 instances of over-breathing. We were given, once again, the 'realistic' pov. Praise be to God that he is the real:

18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.                2 Corithians 4:18

American Standard Version. 1995 (2 Co 4:18). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Her eyes are reacting to the light. We are excited at these new things.

Our good friend Dana Kunniti visited the other night and spoke a word from the Lord via Psalm 103.  She was reminding us what 'heals' means in this verse:
Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget none of His benefits;

3 Who pardons all your iniquities,

Who heals all your diseases;

4 Who redeems your life from the pit,

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

5 Who satisfies your years with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ps 103:1-5). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

In the ancient Ethiopic language derived from Hebrew, the word 'heals' means to stitch or mend.  Like sewing , stitch by stitch to make something new again.  In Jeremiah 19:10 the word is used in reference to fixing a broken piece of pottery.

Last year Hanna brought home a dragon that she had made at a pottery/coffee house in Bradenton that Dana had introduced Nancy to.  As Hanna excitedly ran to the house with her dragon it broke through the bag and hit the ground, breaking into many pieces.  Over the next few days I pieced it back together using some special cement that I acquired.  It took time.  With a nod to my complete lack of skill with glue and clay, with the right set of eyes it looks whole.  It was mended.

When Nancy tears a hole into her jeans, I have watched her not only restore the jeans to wearability, but with the choice of the patch, they are even more colorful and have more character than before.

See what I am getting at?  Rachael is on the mend.  She is to be renewed.  God is obviously ar better skilled than I am at mending pottery.  Far better with thread than Nancy, far better at determining the healing of Rachael than the prognostications based on stats and science.  Friends, she is breathing on her own.  It might take time for her to be renewed.  The term "stitch by stitch" has become part of our lexicon as of late.

Eyes that look upon us, reacting to light.  Breaths on her own.  Frowns.  Stitch by stitch she is on the mend.

Thank you Dana, for that word.

A friend came by the other night to state that she has changed the way she views things in life.  Never considering that God is in control of every electron in the machines in Rachael's room, never really believing that God is in control and sovereign over all things.  Since witnessing my wife and how she has spoken of this tragedy, seeing how we as a family are responding to this trial has caused her to change.  She is an example of several more that we know of that have been brought to a closer understanding of their Lord through this time.  Myself included.

Nancy has been reading Ezekial and is astonished at the things God had Ezekial do as object lessons for Israel.  She has consistently stated that sometimes we are called to go through trials that we would never want to go through as a way of teaching others about Christ.

Daniel gave us this verse today that spoke right to our hearts in a clear new way via the Holy Spirit:

16 Rejoice always;

17 pray without ceasing;

18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic utterances.

21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

22 abstain from every form of evil.

New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (1 Th 5:16-22). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation

It speaks our heart on this day.

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Thank you for your prayers,

Burt, Nancy, Rachael, Daniel and Hanna

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