By: Tim Sader
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. (1 Timothy 4:4)
As we began to share our lives and struggles at the Andersons homegroup it helped us know we were making a difference in each other’s lives from the pool of knowledge we could share. A few members had disabled children so this got me thinking about all the changes in my life and lessons we learned through the years. Up until part way through grade school I would pretty much say other than not being as strong or fast as other kids I seemed “normal”. Soon my legs became weaker until eventually something had to be done so I could get around safely. This was the very first time where I knew life was about to change and that everyone else would know because I needed a medical device to assist me. For many years I graduated from one wheelchair to the next each with newer features to help me better navigate my life. Each wheelchair was a big help in my life and after a while I got used to that way of life it was my normal. For the most part except for a couple breathing treatments in the ER if I got sick I was unattached from any other medical devices. After my carbon dioxide (CO2) built up in my blood in 2007 doctors realized the best treatment for me was to use a Bipap machine while sleeping to assist in getting rid of all my CO2. At first it seemed scary and life altering in comparison to needing help to get around. Not many people whitness me using it and transporting it was not hard. When I got used to it the benefits were worth very little upset to my health and lifestyle. Right before meeting the Andersons I had another stay in the hospital because of congestion and mucus build up in my stomach. Other than at home breathing treatments there were no new machines I had to use but the MDA loan closet donated me a cough assist machine. It can be a lifesaver but it’s freaky to use, it thrusts a high volume of air into your lungs and sucks everything out like a vacuum. Thankfully I have rarely used it though respiratory theorists believe it to be a big help. Later I was feeling ill again and MDA got me the VEST airway clearance system. It uses chambers of air wrapped around my chest to rapidly beat on it and keep my lungs clear. I use it for thirty minutes each night and it has helped keep me out of the hospital. The newest machines I started using just after my brother passed away when my daytime breathing became more labored. It is a two part system called the Trilogy 100 it is a non-invasive ventilator one part replaced my Bipap and the other is mounted to my chair and I can get an extra breath whenever I need one.
The last three devices I mentioned in the above paragraph have become a necessary part of my life. Anytime I go away overnight all the machines go with me, they are heavy and lugging them with us is no easy task. In many ways having to realy so much on machines made me feel less human for a while and almost as if the breath of God was no longer enough for me. I didn’t want to realy more on man’s creation when Gods way is so much greater (Rom. 1:25). It took sometime before I could see any good in becoming more dependent on mechanical ventilation but then I got to thinking about all the harmful things people do to damage their breathing. My air is filtered so even pollutants, bacteria and dust have less impact on me. I’m breathing to increase my life not damage it. When I noticed this machine might have been somewhat of a God send I felt it was goood and thankfully have accepted it. Every good and every perfect gift are from above coming from our heavenly who never changes the way He loves on us. Medical machines to help sustain lives are a good gift of God put in men’s heart to invent. What seems perfect would be healing miracles for everyone. What matters most is God does all good things and we should take notice of this. Machines have become a necessary good in my life for my longevity and survival. I use it daily in my standing against the evil forces (Eph. 6:13-14). It helps me to stand firm until the Lord leads us into victory.
Lord our lives are full of machines that can do any unthinkable number of things for us. We ask Lord that we would remember that you created it for good so help us to see and use these devices in ways that are pleasing to you. Help us also not to look at what could be a gift from you in any other way. If it makes life better for us in ways God approves of it is from Him to further the journey of our perfection. In Jesus name, Amen.
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