Tuesday, August 30, 2005

One Year and we still believe in miracles!

It has been one year today since Luke's accident. A year ago this night, I was grateful to God for the first miracle of raising Luke from the dead, as Luke had been dead 30 minutes before being revived in the ER. While grateful, we were still seeking God for a second miracle of complete restoration of Luke's brain and body.

I know that one day God will completely heal Luke, it wont be the PT or HBOT or other things, it will be God and God alone that will get and deserve the credit. I know this beyond a shadow of a doubt, because God has spoken it to me several times and several ways. So, it is not a matter of if God will heal Luke, it is a matter of when, and I do not know when that will be.

Today we saw a couple of mini miracles, but miracles none the less. The first one occured shortly after Daniel, Amy and I left to go golfing. Sue was taking a shower and the boys were at the playground playing. At the playground Isaiah got hit on the head by a piece of wood. Natalie ran to the bathroom and shout to Sue that Isaiah had blood gushing from the back of his head. Sue quickly jumped out of the shower and ran to Isaiah and found him with lots of blood dripping down the back of his head and neck and soaking into the collar of his shirt. Sue and Natalie laid hands on Isaiah and asked God to stop the bleeding and heal Isaiah. God heard their prayer and the bleeding stopped and there is not even a bump where he was hit with the board. Praise God he still hears and answers prayer.

We are camping along the Oregon coast just outside of Newport. When Sue made the reservation, she made it from Sunday to Thursday the 1st of Sept. She had called last week asking if there was any chance of extending the reservation through labor day weekend. The person on the phone said there was a waiting list and it probably wouldnt do any good but they would add us to the list. On Monday I spoke to the ranger that is in charge of the waiting list and he said that we were number 7. I asked him what the chances were and he said "I wouldn't hold my breath, it is very unlikely" When I told Sue she said, well we need to pray. I said, it will be a miracle, if we get to stay beyond Friday noon. She said, I believe in miracles, do you. I must admit, at times, it is easy to loose heart and not trust that it will all work out. As you know, Luke's equipment requires power to run, and I wondered, what we were going to do. So, I went to the store an inverter to power Luke's machines from battery. Oh ye of little faith. Today around lunch time a ranger stopped by and handed Natalie a new ticket with the date 9/5 on it. I said to Natalie, what is that. She said, it is our new ticket, we can stay longer. I said, isn't 9/5 Labor Day? Sue said, yes it is and I told you that it would work out. Well, it is an absolute miracle, go ahead, I dare you to try and get a camping spot in just about any campground in the USA this weekend, it is not an easy task, however it is not too difficult for God. Well this evening, I returned the inverter, as we won't be needing it after all.

Finally, Sue and I want to share a verse with you.
Phil 1:3 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,"
This past year has been extremely difficult and we greatly appreciate each and everyone of you that have faithfully prayed for our family this past year. My prayer is that God will bless you and encourage you in the faith. Many have said to us that our faith inspires them, and I want to say that your prayers inspire us. Luke's healing is just a matter of time and it is not just ours but it belongs to all of you and when that day arrives, we can all rejoice in God's goodness together.

We Love you all so much,

Gordy, Sue, Daniel, Amy, Natalie, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Luke and Lily


Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

By the way, we are having a great time here on the Oregon coast with wonderful sunny weather. Hope to blog later in the week.

The Gannaway Family said...

Glad to hear that your holiday is going so well. Praise God for the little miracles! We join you in prayer daily for Luke and his full recovery. We thank God for the way He has kept and encouraged your family and those of us who look on and pray. Hope you have a wonderful time together as a family over the next few days. May God bless you all.

The Gannaway Family
Willow Grove

Anonymous said...

Gordy, I am so glad to see your post. You are right!! We have a God that gives us miracles each day of our life. I am so glad that you all were able to stay longer...that is so wonderful that the Lord worked that out for you. I bet by now Sue just wants to stop getting in the shower. I am glad that Isaiah is OK. Gordy, could you and Sue pray for my family that is in Mississippi. They are still unable to even know if they have a home to return to. They live in Long Beach, right next to Gulf Port. It is heart breaking to watch these cities where we once lived being wiped away. We Love you guys and are still trusting in the Lords timing on restoring Luke's body to compleat health. Blessings and Love, Shane, Julie and Children

Pam&Hal said...

Yeah! So glad that you will be able to extend your stay...a camping site is a precious comodity this weekend. Has Lily played in the sand? Love to one and all. Pam, Hal, Carl and Paul

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Lord, I ask that you would spare the home of Julie and Shane family in Mississippi. Lord we know that all things are in your hands and we commit them to you. We thank you that you have spare their lives and are watching over them this very moment. We ask that your grace would be sufficent for them today as they endure this difficult time of being away from the home. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Gordy AKA Luke's Dad said...

Today we were each saying what were thankful for and Daniel said he was thankful for being able to do nothing. The absence of schedules is a luxury in our hurried up world. I challenge you this coming weekend as we celebrate labor day that you take some time and just relax, no schedule, toss the clock and spend some time playing games and just interacting as a family. Love you all.

BTW, We have all spent time at the beach and yes, Lily has put her feet in the sand. I will blog later.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lord, for blessing the Searles family! We truly are one Body, and I count their blessings with my own.

Leon said...

Gordy and Family: It sounds like you are having a grand time in Oregon. One year ago your lives (and ours) were changed. Luke still heals and grows and inspires us all.

The good roads are never easy but bring rewards in the end. This whole episode has been a trial and a test but it has helped your faith and that of many other people.

I didn't know what to write about Luke and decided to let my blog tell his tale. it was an amazing part of my life and I still enjoy popping in to see how Luke and you all are doing.

Take care, Leon

Luke - Hiya Luke I hear you are checking out the beach. You should see if you and 'Saiah, and Zeke can bury your Dad. :) Take care little guy.

teena said...

HI!! I am blogging from Michael's computer at college. MY computer is still out... two weeks today. I miss checking on LUKE!! I am so excited to read the updates! I thought of all of you and prayed throughout the day on the 30th. I am so thankful all of you are enjoying your time together/away! We went camping too~ Labor Day weekend. I will try to call sometime this week... not sure when my computer will be up and running. LOVE all of you lots~ still praying and will NEVER ever forget....
YOUR Georgia friends~
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

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