An hour after the delivery, Beth was sitting up on the bed, holding the baby. Suddenly her face went white and she said she felt like she was going to be sick. I quickly took the baby from her arms and laid her on the bed between Beth’s feet, then reached for a bag to catch any vomit.
Suddenly, Beth’s eyes rolled back in her head, she began to convulse and foam at the mouth.
I rushed to the head of the bed, and told Brandon, “Grab the baby.” I pulled the emergency light and yelled for a nurse, then gathered Beth in my arms and said,
“Lord Jesus, You’ve got to help us.”
To my astonishment, Beth sat straight up in the bed and asked, “Why did you say that?” Then she began to convulse again.
That was weird!
The nurses rushed in and checked her vitals. They couldn’t figure out what was wrong.
About ten minutes later, this happened again. When I told the nurse that Beth was convulsing, she assured me that she’d only passed out. I explained that I knew the difference between the two, but she dismissed me as an over-reactive mom.
While all of this was taking place, Destiny and Landon were sitting only a few feet away from the bed. They were completely oblivious to the flurry of activity in the room – nurses and doctors rushing in, the alarm going off. It was as if angels were there with their wings spread to shield them.
This was no place for the children, so I told Brandon that I’d take them home and put them to bed (it was ten p.m. by then). Although I wanted to stay to manage Beth’s health care, I knew that this must be left in the hands of her husband.
It wasn’t until midnight that I finally left Beth in the care of my more-than-capable Father
(where she had been all along),
and went to sleep.
Brandon came home to get the kids in the morning. Although Beth had gone through a few more episodes the night before, they were over, and so were his
– or so it seemed…
That evening, Brandon stayed home with us, and we talked. Although he spent enormous amounts of time in the Bible, his understanding of it was very strange. He often didn’t finish his sentences – and what he said made no sense. His Bible readings were punctuated with foul language. This indicated that something was very wrong. Mid-conversation, he would get up and go outside to read his Bible again. It was very unnerving.
The next morning, Beth and Jordyn came home from the hospital. As soon as they were settled, I high-tailed it for home.
Over the next week, Beth and I talked often on the phone. She was very concerned for Brandon. His behavior continued to deteriorate. He was more and more excitable, and made little sense. He wasn’t being aggressive – just agitated, and spent most of the day and night pacing, reading his Bible, and taking tons of notes.
Meanwhile, I discovered “Sermon Index” on the Internet. One of the speakers was Corrie Ten Boom. Hers is a fantastic story, her love for the Lord an inspiration. One of her messages was entitled, “Our Authority Over Demons.” I was curious about what this elderly woman had to say on the topic, so my husband and I listened to the podcast.
Her text was Mark 16. There we are told that we have been given authority to cast out demons. I decided that if that sweet little old lady could obey the command of the Lord, and cast out demons in His name, then I should tuck away this information. Then I could be strong if I ever ran into someone with a demon.
Corrie said, “I believe God’s Word, and if He says I am to do this, then I need to obey.”
Little did I know!
She talked about some books she’d written about her experiences as she followed this command. I ordered several of them from Abebooks.com. “Jesus is Victor” is one of my favorites. I laid the book where I could read the title and be reminded of all Jesus did on the cross.
On Tuesday, I went to a thrift shop. They had a book of Israeli maps that I wanted.
Since I was paying by card, I needed to spend another four dollars in order to avoid a service charge. I looked around in the “Spiritual” section and found a book by Ron Phillips entitled, “Vanquishing the Enemy.”
Wendel and I finished Unger’s book, read one by Tozer, then read another book by Unger on demonization. As stated earlier, this isn’t a normal interest for us. We spend our time reading the Bible or commentaries.
Beth called after Jordyn’s two-week checkup on Wednesday. The doctor was dissatisfied with her weight gain, and told Beth to supplement with a bottle.
This was the hand of God, making preparations for the next week.
On Friday at three o’clock, Beth called to say that Brandon wanted to come down for the weekend, to her surprise. I told her that we’d be happy to have them. She said,
“That’s good, because he’s already packing the car.”
Don’t miss this continuing story tomorrow!
If you missed the beginning of this showcase of God’s power, you can find it here: You Need To Read This!
Part 2: Faith Like Potatoes
Part 3: Get Me Out of Here!