Edgar sat in the hospital waiting for results of his medical tests. It’s nothing. I’m just tired. I have been working too hard, he tried to reassure himself. But his efforts could not quell the uncertainty. Something was wrong.
At age 27 Edgar already was a well-known composer and performer in his homeland of Armenia. He had begun composing music when he was 21. In 2002 he composed a piece of music to honor those who had died in the terrorist attacks on the United States on 9/11. The music was performed in New York on the first anniversary of the attacks. His fame grew, and he performed his own compositions in the most prestigious halls of Armenia. Sometimes he felt guilty about how well his life was going.
Then he began to feel weak and tired. He tried rest, but the weariness didn’t go away. Finally he went to the hospital for tests.
“You have leukemia,” a doctor said as he looked at Edgar’s chart. Edgar forced himself to breathe as he repeated the word in his mind. Leukemia. That’s like cancer, he thought.
“It’s treatable,” the doctor added. Edgar tried to hear what the doctor was saying, but his mind raced. Cancer! Cancer! People die of cancer. Edgar saw his dreams spiral into the darkness, replaced by hospital rooms and IVs and fear.
Edgar traveled to Germany for treatment. He tried to hope, but despair seeped into his soul when two fellow patients in his ward died. The disease seemed so strong, and he felt so weak.
Then one night he dreamed that he was in a dark room looking at people on the other side of a glass door. He became aware of a presence in the room. “You will live many more days,” a voice near him said. Edgar turned toward the voice and saw a young man dressed in white looking at him. Edgar felt a peace flood over him. He sensed that this presence was God.
The next day as he waited for results of a bone marrow test, he no longer felt fearful. He knew that his life was in God’s hands. The doctor came into the room looking puzzled. “Your bone marrow is clean,” he said. “There’s no sign of leukemia.”
Relief flooded Edgar as he recalled the voice in his dream. You will live. Edgar had no doubt that God had performed a miracle for him. He wanted to return home to Armenia, forget the rest of the treatments, and find God. But the doctors urged him to finish the treatments, so he stayed.
In the hospital Edgar had lots of time to think and pray. He thought of his aunt who had read the Bible to him when he was a child. He remembered listening with excitement as she told him Bible stories. But as he entered his teens, he forgot about the Bible stories, forgot to pray. He never doubted God’s existence, and now he wanted to return to God and learn again about this God who had not forgotten him. He spent hours in the hospital talking to God.
During this time Edgar wrote his first spiritual song. As he prayed and praised God in music and words, his faith grew.
Then a life-threatening blood clot formed in his neck. Edgar was told that any sudden movement, even a cough, could cause the blood clot to break off and cause a life-threatening stroke. Edgar called his aunt and asked her and her church to pray for him. Still the blood clot hung like a sword over his head. Doctors said it would never dissolve, but it might harden and become less dangerous.
But when doctors ran tests on the blood clot, they found it was gone. Once more doctors were astounded at the test results, but Edgar knew that God had saved his life once more.
At last Edgar returned home to Armenia. He took with him a new faith. Soon after his return he met a Christian young woman, and they studied the Bible together. They both became convinced that the Adventist Church was the true church of God. They were baptized in autumn of 2006. A few months later they were married.
“I don’t ever want to forget what God has done for me,” Edgar says. “Jesus has brought a new song into my life and given me a new ministry. Now I’m living to serve God.”
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