Susan and I just returned home from a trip to Denver, then on to Taos, NM. I was finally ready to test my lungs (with approval from my doctor of course.)
The week went well and I actually blew the fifth highest spirometer reading for a thirty day period, at about 7,200 ft.
Since the weather was perfect, Earl, Pishon and I headed for the slopes. We skied for two days, our highest altitude being 10,350 ft. with zero complications, except some gnarly old foot blisters.
Now the only thing on my plate is tuning up that raspy old voice.
As we skied, I thought again of Isaiah 40: 28-31.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not faint, neither grows weary? There’s no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint; to them that have no might He increases strength. Even the young shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
I understand this was originally spoken to Israel, but I took the liberty to make application to my own situation.
I believe that God has strengthened my body beyond what the doctors even foresaw.
I believe He didn’t heal me to kill me, and that, ‘I will live and not die, and declare the works of the Lord.’
I believe that that He’s given me gifts, (albeit small), to minister to the body of Christ, and those who don’t yet know Him.
I believe I’ve got more gospel to preach and more records to make.
And, I believe that God has called us with a holy calling for such a time as this.
If you’re suffering in some way, take courage that our God is Sovereign and sees the big picture. If God heals you rejoice and give Him glory, if He takes you, then ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord!’
Either way, the believer has overcome!
I hope this will be an encouragement to those of you taking time to stop and read.