It is safe to say that 2015 has been everything but predictable, nonetheless I am grateful for both the blessings and trials God brought me through.
Let’s take a look at the last 12 months!
Early in the year I transitioned jobs and began working for Nordstrom.
This really came at the best time; I was ready for a change and the transition made way for some unforeseeable occurrences to come.
The thrill and excitement of a new job was soon dulled by the hurt of losing someone that was dear to me. It’s funny that you can have a picture of what you believe your life should look like and it can all change within a day.
If mending my brokenness was not enough to manage – I soon found out that my hearing loss was caused by a tumour pressing on my brain.
My surgeon made it clear that if the tumour continued to grow I wouldn’t reach my 26th birthday without suffering life altering brain damage. I was 23 at this point – you can imagine my reaction to the diagnosis.
As time progressed my church family became aware of the medical concerns. One particular Sunday my Pastor called for the church to lay hands and pray, believing that the fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much. Something changed that day; yes I still had headaches and no my hearing was not restored but a peace came over me and I felt confident that God had it all in control.
In the summertime our church district was blessed to have Lee Stoneking minister in our camp meetings. If you know anything about Stoneking, you know that God has placed a special anointing on him to pray and see miracles of healing. I can still remember the night, there was a certain expectancy in the sanctuary. Those who came for a blessing were going to receive it – myself included. As family and friends prayed for me something switched, the ear felt as though it had unclogged. Later that night I noticed that my perpetual headache on my right side was gone [and has not resurfaced since – PRAISE GOD]. I also took a phone call on my right side which is something that I was not able to do before without saying “pardon” a billion times.
A couple weeks after on my lunch break I was passing the Rideau Canal and saw something black fluttering in the water. I watched until it regained composure. That’s when I saw that I was looking at a black swan – orange beak and all. I went back to work and told my coworkers who thought I was crazy. Now I am not a person who is overly into signs but I decided to look it up.
The black swan theory or theory of black swan events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalized after the fact with the benefit of hindsight.
WOW! I truly believe that this was God’s way of confirming my healing. Later I did some research and uncovered that while black swans are extremely rare – every May the city of Ottawa releases swans in the canal that were gifted to the city her Majesty the Queen. There is one Australian Black Swan among the bunch – hence the black swan I saw.
While my hearing had improved significantly, an MRI showed that the size of the tumour had remained the same. On September 22 I had an 11 hour brain surgery to remove the tumour. My hearing has not worsened since as forseen and I’ve made tremendous recovery. My hair is also growing back – let the natural sistas say AMEN!
This year I learned that no matter what trial I face God’s got it all in control and he is working it out for my good.
I spent my birthday and the close of my year under the sun, restoring my soul and spending time with family in Jamaica. I have so much to be thankful for – I am blessed and highly favoured.