Joyce Triplett & Melody Edwards Story of Trusting In God's Will
God brings special people into our lives for a reason. For Melody Edwards and Joyce Triplett, God brought them together through choir at Cottonwood Creek. Little did they know when they met that Joyce would leave a huge impact on Melody’s life in the most unlikely of ways.
Ten years ago, Melody was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. With it being hereditary in Melody’s family, she wasn’t too concerned. “It’s something that you basically just live with,” Melody said. “There’s no medication out there to heal it.”
Melody continued her effort to stay healthy, work out, and eat clean. However, during the summer of 2017, her kidney functions began to fail. Her doctor talked to her and explained that a kidney transplant would be the best solution for her, as Melody had opted out of dialysis.
Joyce found out Melody’s need for a kidney that November. “I realized that Melody had made the decision to go with the transplant instead of going on dialysis,” Joyce said. “Each week at church, I would ask her if anyone had come forward to be a donor. She had had no luck though.”
In the weeks to follow, Joyce felt the Lord prompt her to step forward and ask Melody how she could be tested to see if she was a possible donor. Melody was surprised to hear this from Joyce, but beyond thankful, and she told her the steps to get involved. Joyce contacted the transplant process and soon learned that she was compatible to be Melody’s donor.
Each time the ladies would go to have blood work done or make a visit to the transplant office, it was very important to them that they prayed together before each procedure. “We prayed that His will would be done and that He would direct our paths,” Joyce said. “If you are obedient to God’s will and you have people praying for you, He can do amazing things.”
The ladies both knew that it was God’s will for Him to bring them together for this reason, that Joyce would bless Melody’s life in this way.
The kidney transplant happened successfully, and Melody has been on the road to full recovery. Melody continues to constantly look to God for guidance as she continues to fight her health battle. The verse that has encouraged Melody during this time has been Philippians 4:13:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Joyce holds on to Psalm 139:14, as she is so grateful to know that her kidney is functioning perfectly inside Melody:
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
“God has created us in such an amazing way,” Joyce said. “I have an extra kidney, everyone has an extra kidney, and it’s now functioning in my friend, Melody. That’s just mind-blowing.”