Pastor Paul David Tripp has opened up about the sickness he’s been suffering, revealing that at one point, the pain was so unbearable he wanted to die.
The best-selling author and preacher revealed that the experience truly made him believe in what he taught others about Jesus Christ.
Tripp said in a video published on YouTube on Monday that his ordeal began four years ago on Oct. 19, 2014, when he went to the hospital due to some minor symptoms.
“I thought maybe 45 minutes in the examination room, then they would give me medication and send me home. I was shocked when within 15-20 minutes that there were doctors from five different departments in my exam room. I remember hearing in the background doctors discussing whether they would put me on dialysis. I thought they had the wrong room,” the pastor recalled.
“That was when I realized that whatever was going on in my body was way more serious than I had any concept of,” he added. “The first 36 hours at the hospital I went through unspeakable pain, full-body spasms that felt like someone was sticking a knife in me. It was unrelenting, every two minutes. I wanted to die.”
Though not outlining the specific condition, Tripp noted that doctors were attempting to prevent his kidneys from disintegrating.
While at the hospital he realized that he would need follow-up surgery, but also scar tissue surgery, and went on to undergo as many as six surgeries.
“I would never not be sick for the rest of my life,” he said of his realization.
The author reflected that suffering brings not only weakness and a loss of control, but also wondering “what is God doing?”
“There is this irrationality: ‘How could it be that God would render me the weakest in my life, in the point of my greatest influence?'” Tripp said.
But he now realizes that God has been doing things in his heart “that long needed to be done.”
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Source: Christian Post