Be Thankful in All Circumstances

Article written by Naomi

Today was a day I will never forget, July 13, 2020. My son, Levi, had a febrile seizure, which is caused by a spike in body temperature, often from an infection. They can occur in young children with normal development and no a history of neurologic symptoms. It is frightening when your child has a febrile seizure, and the few minutes it lasts can seem like an eternity.

I cried out to the Lord and asked for His mercy over my son. It was the most difficult moment for me to embrace my son as he went limp, then stiff with his eyes rolling back. I didn’t understand what was happening. I never knew he could have a seizure from a high fever.

All I could do was pray

He had taken a nap for about two hours and woke up with a fever of 100.7°F. He was attentive and aware but only wanted to be in my arms. I carried him to the kitchen to give him some Motrin and something to eat. He refused the medicine, and at that moment, he had the seizure.  I didn’t know if it was a life or death situation. All I could do was call out to the Lord for healing, for His Mercy, for His faithfulness. I knew God was with us and listening to me, but in that moment you’re just a mess of emotions and fear, not knowing the outcome.

Each day is a gift

When I cried out to the Lord and said, “Thank you for my son and the gift of his life that you have given me to be his mother,” I knew that God could take him or give him the opportunity to live.

I am blessed to know he will still be with us on this side of heaven (earth). Brothers and Sisters, each day is a gift from God. We don’t know the day or the hour when our last breath will be.

This incident was not as severe as some of the traumatic accidents, health problems, and sudden incidents that others are facing. But going through this for the first time with one of my children was very scary. I am blessed to know I have a close relationship with Christ and reassured to know that if He did take my son’s life, I would see him again in heaven. It would be hard for me, but God knows how much I can handle. For now, I know that was not his plan.

We called 911, and they arrived in less than five minutes. They assured us he was ok and said it’s normal for children to have febrile seizures with a spike in temperature.

We need to be ready

I am blessed by the prayers of the church and others. God is so good and faithful. But we need our hearts and souls fixed on Christ.

The hour is coming when the Lord will take us with Him. Our hearts and lives need to be ready for all that is to pass.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NLT)

“Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NLT)

Paul’s Final Greetings:

“Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23

Naomi Lopez - Praise and Worship Director at Life Church at South Mountain
Praise and Worship Director
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