Touching Story of Steve Wohlberg’s Father (Gene Wohlberg)
For the last few weeks my dad has been in a hospital in Glendale, California. At 89, he is not well. His body is weak, but his mind and faith have been strong. Last week I changed my travel plans and drove many hours to that hospital for a surprise visit on Father’s Day. When I arrived, he wasn’t “all there” mentally. He slept most of the day, for he had been heavily sedated the night before. The next day he didn’t remember that my brother, sisters and I had even been there the previous day. He was also somewhat delirious. Not knowing how long he would live, that night I prayed that Jesus would restore his mind enough so I could say goodbye in a meaningful way (if his death was near). A lot of others have been praying for my dad, too.
Then an amazing thing happened. On Tuesday his mind began to snap back. Then I left to go eat dinner with his wife, and then returned once more in the evening. Wow! He was “all there.” My dad began quoting Bible promises, one after another, like this one: “…though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. He knew these verses by heart and expressed them flawlessly. We then prayed. His face was glowing. The Holy Spirit was there in power. Before I left his room my dad raised his hands, and then strongly jerked them in triumph like a runner who had just won a race. I left his room walking on cloud ten praising God that He loves me and my dad, and that I will see my father again in glory!
Thankfully, my dad has improved in the last few days. We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future. I appreciate so much those of you who have prayed for me, my dad, and my relatives. Thank you! My great comfort is in knowing that when his time does come, he will “sleep in Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 4:14), joining millions of others who are now “dead in Christ” (vs. 16) and who also peacefully await in their graves the sounding of the last trumpet when our Lord returns. On that Glorious Day “we shall be caught up together with them [with “the dead in Christ” who are resurrected] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (vs. 17). Paul has encouraged us to “comfort one another with these words” (vs. 18).
God is so good!