We had a beautiful sunset moment of studying God’s word with wonderful church friends in our home yesterday. Such a blessing to hear the Scriptures come alive in each person’s experiences as they chose and are continually choosing, by faith, to obey the Lord precepts. What a great group we are in. Love the accountability and the sun shining through the whole room. It’s like God’s own way of making His presence felt. “For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” – Matthew 18:20
But then I was rushed to the Emergency Room about an hour after our guests left. Earlier in the morning, I woke up with a few rashes on my shoulders which I initially thought were just spring allergy. But as the evening progressed, these red patches on my skin seemed to have gotten more swollen and there were more that popped out all over my body. My husband did not think twice and decided right away to take me to the ER.
I am thankful for the efficient and quick assistance given to me by the ER staff and for having an excellent Doctor who knowledgeably treated me. After popping in some Pepcid and Histamine pills, and with an injection on my arm and another on my butt cheek (please excuse the latter term), all the rashes slowly subsided and disappeared and I was immediately discharged after almost three hours of being observed inside the Emergency room. My attending Physician made sure I was okay before letting me go. The diagnosis was a severe allergic reaction to something. The doctor explained that it can be from anything like something I ate, or touched, or applied to my skin. It could also be a reaction to cold, viral infections, medication, insect bites, or even emotional stress. The closest I could refer to was something I ate and/or the cold as we are in the process of transitioning from winter to spring. On Friday night, we went to this sandwich place which was an old favorite but have not gotten there for more than a year. And what I ordered to eat was the same kind of sandwich I always had from before. Friday night was also a very cold evening and I only wore a light jacket then. The next day, these ugly patches were on my shoulders and all over my back. Such an eventful Saturday for me indeed!
But I must say God was evidently at work in all these events from our home Bible study to the ER. The whole time that we were discussing God’s word, I did not feel any discomfort nor itching in my body despite the fact that I know they were there. Thankfully, nothing popped out on my face and arms as well except for one patch that appeared my forehead, but that happened when everyone were already gone and I am thankful that our friends did not see it. I would feel very embarrassed if they did. Instead, God graciously enabled me to hear Him speak His words through my group and let me participate in the discussion without any interruption. Praise God!
“…Your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear…” – Isaiah 58:8
“But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.” – Malachi 4:2