Posted by: amyedwards | October 8, 2008

He gives and takes away

In the middle of a really hard time for our family, God has given us reason to celebrate.  Yesterday, October 7th, marked the 3 year anniversary of my father-in-law’s successful kidney transplant.  His transplant is such an example of God’s faithfulness and what He can do with our obedience, that I can’t not share his story with you. 

My father-in-law, Mike, has a hereditary kidney disease called poly-cystic kidney disease.  He was diagnosed with it about 8 years ago when his blood pressure was sky-high and medication wasn’t helping.  Since then, my husband and his two siblings have all been diagnosed with the same disease.  And, yes, my children will probably have it one day too, but we’re praying not.

It eventually became necessary for him to start dialysis, with the hopes of one day getting a kidney transplant.  He was approved for the transplant list, but you can imagine how long the list is.  And because he is an only child and all of his own children have the disease, his closest relatives were not suitable for donating.  So dialysis continued.

We were all praying, and his name and need was added to his church prayer list.  During this time, God began speaking to a man in his church, telling him he needed to give Mike his kidney.  The strange thing is, Andrew had never even met Mike.  Andrew is only a few years older than me, and has young children.  He only knew Mike by name because of his need for a kidney.  So Andrew went to the church staff and told them what he felt like God was leading him to do.  They put them together and Andrew went to Piedmont Hospital for a series of testing to find out his compatibility.  You should know that the chances were very slim that they could be a match.  A number of different things must be compatible, even down to their size and the possible size of the kidney. 

After a day of testing, the doctor came in to share the news with Andrew.  Not only were they compatible, but the doctor said that they were as close to a perfect match as you could possibly get and it was as if they were twin brothers.  Andrew’s response?  “I could have told you that.”  He had no doubt that God had told him to give his kidney to Mike and that if he was just obedient, God would work out the details.  He had no need to worry.

So on October 7, 2005, Mike and Andrew underwent extensive transplant surgery.  Mike’s body accepted the kidney without any problems, and both patients recovered nicely.  Now, with each year that passes, the two families celebrate the fact that we’ve had one more year together and an appreciation for one man’s obedience and unselfishness.

Yesterday, in the midst of our grief and even our questioning of why He gives and takes away, I couldn’t help but reflect upon His faithfulness to our family.  And while we don’t understand why God chose to take our sweet mom from us, there is a peace that passes all understanding because He has proven He is trustworthy.

“Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus”

Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word,

Just to rest upon His promise, just to know thus saith the Lord.

Jesus, Jesus how I trust Him, how I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er,

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, oh for grace to trust Him more.


  1. I love to hear that story every time you tell it. I didn’t realize it was only 3 short years ago that it happened. Must be very bittersweet for Mike to celebrate it this year.

  2. That is an amazing story! I got chills just thinking about the trust and faith that man must have had to listen to the Lord. You are an example to us all to notice the gifts the Lord has given, even in the midst of a storm. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks for that post, Amy. What a true sign of your faith right now and an example to us all to TRUST HIM!

  4. Awesome God! I did not realize you guys have gone through all of that. What an awesome testimony for those guys! Thanks for sharing your heart.

  5. […] My husband’s brother, David, was recently the recipient of a kidney from a live donor.  You may remember that a kidney disease runs in my husband’s family.  His dad had a transplant numerous years ago.  You can read his story here. […]

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