Miracles are truly all around us. I have witnessed many times where people have prayed and God has done the miraculous. Apparently, there was a miraculous work that took place in Tennessee recently, as a pastor’s wife suffered a brain aneurysm that lead to a stroke and her being in a coma. Though the husband believed she would die, it wasn’t until he spoke to a Spanish-speaking custodian that he believed otherwise.
Dan Scott is pastor of Christ Church Nashville. His wife Trish experienced a headache so bad that it drove her to the floor in 2004 as she was volunteering at an Arizona Salvation Army.
After being rushed to the hospital via an ambulance, she stopped breathing, fell into a coma and was placed into intensive care.
Doctors spoke to Scott and because of the serious nature of the aneurysm, doctors did not put forth a lot of hope for Trish, and neither did Dan.
I can testify to the fact that aneurysms are very serious, even deadly. My previous boss’ wife suffered one and as they attempted surgery, she experienced a stroke that made her have to learn how to walk again and several other issues that were related.
The next day Dan went back to the hospital to see his wife. Scott, just like my previous boss, had conducted mission work in South America, and had learned to speak Spanish. He greeted one of the custodians in Spanish.
The Tennessean has the story of what happened next:
“Come back a minute,” she said in Spanish. “Why did you speak to me?”
“I’m just trying to be polite,” Scott said, heading toward the ICU.
“Why are you going in there?” she said.
“My wife’s in there.”
“Why do you look so sad?”
“She’s dying! My wife’s dying!”
The woman paused. She looked at Scott and said, “No she’s not.”
“How would you know?”
“I know,” the woman said. “Stop grieving. She’s going to walk out of there. She’s going to be OK.”
This time, Scott paused. Her words resonated with him, deeply.
“Something in me just believed that,” he said. “That’s the voice I needed that day.”
The woman that Mr. Scott had encountered was Genevieve Ruiz, who had provided the same kind of comfort to many people for more than 35 years in her service to the hospital.
Scott’s wife came out of the coma just six days later. Within a year, she had made a full recovery.
Pastor Scott says that God used Ms. Ruiz to change the way he views how God works.
“Mostly God’s work happens away from church. Genevieve helped me with that. She pushes a mop. She’s not even a doctor, but she was a gracious human being who wasn’t just working the clock,” he said. “She was every bit the servant of God that I was.”
The Scotts kept in touch with Ms. Ruiz each year until the time of her death at the age of 80, which occurred just weeks ago.
In a world full of pain and suffering, many time for purposes only God knows, it is good to know that He is still the God of comfort and healing that He has always been.