I walked into the nursing home that day knowing very soon I would leave in tears I was here to visit a dear old friend who was slowly losing his mind And I was with his wife of over 50 years As we walked into his room I saw his children there three boys and one lovely daughter They were standing by his chair; the girl was sitting down, And they were sharing in a little bit of laughter He did not know those he’d known all his life He did not know his children; he did not know his wife As they tried to smile they were holding back the tears They had faded from his mind throughout the years. His wife walked up beside the bed and smiled and he returned a look of wonder and a sigh She said “How are you today my dear. I’ve missed you oh so much” And she reached out and gave a gentle touch The old man looked bewildered she was there. He said “Do I know you? Why do you care?” As she held back the tears, she said “I am your wife, And we’ve been together nearly all our lives” He did not know those he’d known all his life He did not know his children; he did not know his wife As they tried to smile they were holding back the tears They had faded from his mind throughout the years. She turned to leave the room, but they looked back to her life’s love And she uttered one more thing before she left the room “Jesus Loves You, this I know” were the final words she said And the old man’s eyes got big and he lifted up his head “Now Him I know! He’s the Savior of my soul! I gave my life to him so many years ago.” His wife came running up, and with a hug she kissed his cheek She said “Soon you will see him, and you’ll walk on golden streets” Yes, Him I know! He’s the one who makes me whole I will walk with Him in heaven, walk on streets of gold And even though I don’t know much down here on earth below Quite soon I’ll be in heaven because – Him I know! Many of us know a lot of people. We may know business owners who can help us figure out what product will best suit our needs. We may know plumbers who can come in a fix a clogged drain or hook up a new sink. We may know the mailman who faithfully delivers the mail every day. We may know electricians, and pastors and politicians and many other people who can help us get through life. We may have a bevy of friends who can come to our aid in times of trouble. It’s good to know a lot of people! But there is only one that matters/ Knowing Jesus as my personal Savior is the only way to get to Heaven. He said He is the way and that no one goes to the Father except through Him. We must know Jesus! Do you know Jesus today. If not, ask Him to forgive you of your sins. Make Him Lord of your life today. It is a decision you will never regret. I pray everyone who reads this knows Jesus!
When I’m fighting in the battle
When I’m lost and all alone
When I’m struggling in the valley
When I can’t find my way home
It is then I turn to Jesus
He’s my constant friend indeed
He will strengthen my convictions
He’ll supply my every need
Then I’ll see He’s walking with me
Then I’ll hear His blessed voice
Then I’ll know my prayer is answered
Then my soul will fill with joy
I do not have to go through life alone. Jesus said he will never leave me or forsake me. So when I come up against a trial, or when a wall blocks my way, I can turn to Him and He will always be there. This promise is made many times in His word, so I know it is true. There is no reason to doubt it. I could list all the scriptures that say he will hear me when I call, and I could list many scriptures that tell me He will answer my prayer. I am not going to do that because they can easily be found with the great internet service we all enjoy.
The struggle comes when we don’t believe them all the time. We don’t think He has answered, or that He is going to answer. When these times come, we need to ask God for wisdom because chances are He has answered, just not in the way we want Him to. His ways are higher than ours, and His thoughts greater. He always knows what is best for you and that is always what he will give. If your in a difficult situation and it seems to get worse and worse, then perhaps God is showing you just how much you can bear, how strong you really are in Him. Keep praying, keep believing, keep trusting His word. At the same time listen closely, because he may be telling you what you should do and your worries are drowning out His voice. His still, small voice is always there to guide and direct. Listen closely, and hear His answer.
Matthew 11:28 King James Version
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Faith rises up within me
As on His word I stand
There is no greater mercy
Than Jesus Christ commands
My surgery behind me
My healing quickly comes
I stand upon His promise
My victory is won
On Christ alone I stand
I’m healed by His great hand
There is no greater plan
On Christ alone I stand
I had hernia surgery two days ago. It was quite a thing to go through. I had no fear, no trepidation, as I knew it had to be done. I was so calm that my heart rate was down around 50 and my body temp was at 96. The nurse asked if that was normal and I said no, but I am calm, cool and collected about having this surgery. The nurse laughed and my wife gave me that look that only a loving wife can concern over the pain that would accompany my recovery, as they said they would give me hydrocodone for the pain, and I knew they didn’t prescribe that very often. But I was ready. The surgery went smoothly and I awoke in the recovery room slowly. When they tried to get me up on my feet, my right leg just gave way like rubber due to the local anesthetic they used. It took a little bit to get me walking. An hour later we came home.
Recovery has been aided greatly by my granddaughter being here to care for me. The hospital called yesterday to see how I was doing. They were so pleased that was walking around without any help, there was no swelling or bruising, no pain when just sitting or walking. There was a sharp ten pain when getting up, and about a five getting down again. But that is survivable. I am thankful for all those who have been praying for me. Jesus Christ is my healer and He is doing a swift job of it. By faith I will be better than ever in a few more days (maybe weeks, but I accept His timetable). In Christ alone I stand!
Isaiah 53:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.