Jo's 19 days in intensive care. We had prayer with several of her nurses. You get very close to each other in that period of time.
Jo had an appointment with her main doctor at the UAMS on Friday. She went by for some blood tests before seeing him. He read the results and asked, "Mrs. Gilbert do you want to go home?"
"Well, sure I do, but, I am supposed to stay around for another week so they can watch me."
He smiled real big and said, " NO, GO HOME!"
So we came home. This was about the middle of November of 2003.
The next time we were in Little Rock we called Sister Dianne Woods, (the lady from the computer room that knows how to pray). After telling her who I was I told her there is someone here who wants to personally thank you for your prayers. I told her that she was my Angel that night and had given me encouragement. Jo told her about the miracle. Sister Woods started crying. We both talked to her for a long time.
She said, "Well, today you are my Angel. I have just been told. 'You have tumors the size of a basket ball that must come out immediately'. I told my doctor to let me pray about it and I will let you know. That was what I was doing when you called."
We had prayer with her over the phone and put her name on the Web for prayer. We received a letter from Sister Woods a few weeks ago that said, "The doctor was amazed. The tumors shrunk without surgery! I don't have to even go back for 6 months. God is so good."
Jo's cancer markers came right back. The first bone marrow transplant had only knocked them back some. The original plan at the UAMS was to do two transplants, back to back. So she started her second one February 1, 2004. This time she was well enough to tolerate this second transplant as an outpatient, even though they gave her a more massive dose of chemo. We went to the treatment center twice each day at first, then, she was allowed to start skipping days because she was doing so well.
The test results of her bone marrow biopsy after the transplant stated in capital letters: NEGATIVE: NO RESIDUAL/RECURRANT PLASMA CELL MYELOMA. Each test after the second transplant in February shows she is still clear.
You may be thinking, "This was after three and one half years of chemo and two transplants."
That is right. God sometimes allows man to participate in his miracles. The healing of her double pneumonia overnight, God did this solo! The transplants he allowed doctors and medical science to participate.
God is the source of all knowledge. He allows doctors to help in the healing process of their patients. He made everything that all of the medicines comes from. God allowed Moses to participate when God parted the Red Sea. God allowed Joshua to participate in the collapse of the walls of Jericho. He allowed Gideon and a few good obedient men to participate in destroying several armies of the enemies of Israel that were camped in a valley waiting to attack Israel. All Gideon and his men had to do was to break some lamps and shout. God put confusion in the enemy's camp and they destroyed each other. God does the heavy lifting. He always has and always will.
In the book of Genesis 1:1, God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. The account of creation in our World Book Encyclopedia states that the earth came from a black hole, it had no form and nothing could live on it. This much of science pretty much goes along with the Bible account of creation.
Let us look further at the similarities. The Bible states, "In the beginning." It does not state when that beginning was. God is from Everlasting to Everlasting; and since he created the heaven and earth in the beginning, the earth would have to be very, very old. Science states it may be as much as 450 billion years. I see nothing in the Bible account to refute this statement. The sun, moon and stars were not created until the fourth period of creation, (Genesis 1:14). They were made for seasons, days and years. Until then there was NO measurement of time except God's time.
The Hebrew word YOM is the same as the English word day; however, in addition to meaning a 24 hour day, the time between sunrise and sunset, an indefinite period of time, (such as we sometime state, "in his day"); it can also mean an indefinite period of time climaxed by a certain event. I feel this is the reason that the statement at the end of each period of creation ends with the event that was the climax of that period of time. "God said, let there be light and there was light.---- And the evening and the morning were the first day." Why would the first day start in the evening unless the dawn of creation was before, even God, started any measurement of time?
If you believe God made the heaven and the earth in 6 days of 24 hour periods that is not the important thing I am driving at. I believe he could have spoke them all into existence in a millisecond. The main point is, He was the Creator!
Science states that creation all started with a vapor of gas. The Bible states in Psalms 33:6 "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the BREATH of his mouth." Hebrews 11:3, "Through