Old man Dying in the Hospital
This testimony reflects the daily mysteries in God’s plans for our lives: He can provide healing for us, while at the same time, bring others into that healing, and faith and peace in God.
By Catrina Engle
Just the end of last year I had to be hospitalized for pneumonia and asthma for almost a week or somethin…(I’m only 24 and in good health so this is realllyy strange to get so sick outta nowhere like that..) Not to mention I’m praying for days and even weeks for healing…I mean I’m walking around speaking scriptures over my healings and asking God for a healing and rebuking demons that are trying to make me sickly, OK? And allll the time I’m walking around feeling TERRRIBLE. (I just recently learned that you are supposed to do these things so it was all new to me…but when I was not getting the healing, I felt I was doing something wrong or had made God mad in some way, or even maybe my faith wasn’t good enough and maybe it made God mad that I didn’t have enough faith???)
So finally as I was lying on the floor in the front room near the front door, gasping for breath, feeling like I am about to pass out and possibly die…My husband forces me to go to the emergency room! (Let me just add here that it had barely just gotten this bad- It had NOT been this bad all those weeks but progressively getting worse!!! Let me also add that I was hoping to get better on my own because we did not have health insurance and could not afford a ER room visit and had just filed bankruptcy not even a few months before this so we had NO DEBT on our records and I DID NOT want to put fresh debt in our names!)
So anyhow, I go to the emergency room and they are surprised I am even still walking around and whatnot…I see the doc and he tells me they DEFINETLY need to check me into the hospital because I’m basically in terrible shape! They have to get me on all kinds of breathing treatments & IV antibiotics… (they ALMOST put me on a ventilator but Praise God I didn’t need one cuz the breathing treatments worked, plus they had me on oxygen) Anyhow…Listen up cuz I’m getting to the point… lol ;)
So I get checked in to the hospital and shortly thereafter (within the first day or two maybe) I hear a man that’s constantly screaming… And he is screaming:
‘HELP ME GOD!!!OH GOD HELP ME!!!!OHHHH GOD WHY??!! WHY GOD WHY?!?!?! WHY WHY?!HELP ME GOD’
I mean he is moaning and screaming half the day on and off… Well, I ask a worker who comes into my room what is wrong with that man and she says, ‘Oh…He’s just a crazy old man.’ But yet he is still on my mind unrelentingly-And still moaning & screaming…
When my husband comes to visit me after work, I tell him about the little old man and the whole situation of him moaning and screaming in pain for half the day…And he gets real concerned you know- Really concerned about the little old man.
I mean even if you don’t know someone, if they are screaming out saying those things you naturally would feel bad about them…
My husband immediately felt the need to go pray for/with the old man, but didn’t know if he was allowed to… Well my mom had brought me these flowers in a vase, and I said something along the lines of…”Why don’t you go take him those flowers as a gift and maybe while you are in there you can pray for him. Maybe the nurses will let you take him the flowers and then while you’re in there you can pray…Who knows what he is going through spiritually, you know? Maybe he never accepted Jesus and is about to die and is being tormented by demons…”
Anyhow,shortly after my husband asks the nurses permission to go pray for this little old man and take him the flowers, they ‘OK’ the situation… (The nurses are desperate to do whatever to get the old man quiet at this point, I think…)
So my husband goes in there and casts out any demons that may be harrassing the old man IN THE NAME OF JESUS as well as commanding that they leave him alone and that he will have PEACE in THE NAME OF JESUS, and the little old man gets real calm and quiet… Just SO still, you know…
Well my husband comes back into my room and is pretty much crying and looks very emotional (which is pretty rare)…He told me that this little old guy looked like he was dying- his little toes were all curled up, he was ALL ALONE (no family or anything there with him) and he lookeed like he was dying…
Well, then my husband tells me something like ‘Do you think I should go say the salvation prayer with him?” And I said something like “ya,you know cuz who knows if this little old guy has ever accepted Jesus and this may be his last chance!”
So he goes back into the room and prays to God and asks that God give this man another chance and he was just interceding for the old man, asking that Jesus would come into his heart and give him peace and save him. Well, as my husband is saying all this and asking that God would forgive the old man (let me just mention here that the little old guy can’t even open his eyes or even talk… Maybe cuz he’s so near the end of his life?) But the old guy leans forward in his bed and starts shaking his head and groaning and almost like crying and nodding in agreement, and my husband was like ‘Yes God, you know his heart and you can see he is agknowledging You Lord.” Well he finishes the sinners prayer(aka the ‘salvation prayer’)with the little old guy and leaves the room…
And we do not hear the little old guy scream out or moan from then forward… He was just SOOO peaceful after the prayers and acceptance of Jesus…Just so peaceful and quiet.
I got well and left the hospital shortly thereafter, but I just can’t help but think that maybe this all happened for a reason? I mean, there was NO ONE else there for that old guy and The LORD does say that he does not desire for not ONE soul to perish!
Anyhow, I should also mention here that after prayer for the LORD to take care of the more than $14,000 hospital bill I inquired, it was reduced to $50!!!! :) WOW!!!
All we have to do is ASK and the LORD DOES take care of us!
As soon as we let go of our problems, stresses and worries and let HIM take it all over and ASK Him to- He is faithful and just to take care of us…For He says’My yoke is easy and my burden is LIGHT’!!!
Also, I wanted to tell you here (This is the part I was getting to) that shortly after getting home from the hospital (within a day or two or so) I was lying in bed and I felt the symptoms of the pneumonia/ashthma start to come back… After I had already BEEN healed!!!! (Well I read a Kenneth Hagin book where he talked about the devil trying to trick him into thinking he was sick AGAIN-after already being healed-putting symptoms on him….Because if the devil can trick you into really believing the symptoms, well then you are basically biting the bait and putting your faith in that infirmity and not what the Word of God says, you know?)
I knew that the devil was testing my faith and trying to trick me too!!! And I just laughed it off like Kenneth had, and went on with my business without even giving it a second thought!! LOL…And guess what? It LEFT within minutes!!!
PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS, MERCY,GRACE,LOVE AND JOY!!!!
I LOVE HIM!!
THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGHTH!
I REFUSE TO GIVE PLACE TO THE DEVIL!
I LOVE YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU ALL IN HEAVEN!!!!!
Sincerely, Catrina Engle
*~Live for Jesus cuz HE died for you~*