Who’s Your Doctor?

Who’s Your Doctor?

A truck T-boned me while driving my own car, resulting in a closed head injury that landed me in a rehab facility and an assigned psychiatrist.

Closed head injuries and rehab centers aren’t happy places. As a result of being stripped of security, reason, and stability, I was led to my appointments by an attendant whose responsibility was to keep me in line throughout my internment.

I was in a large, cold office in which a man sat at a humongous desk flanked by more plaques of achievement than I’d ever seen before. He looked up, got up, and approached me as if he was dealing with a broken, wounded, frightened animal.

My sitting down marked the start of months of behavioral changes, hypnosis, medical treatments, and prescription drugs.

We often begin each encounter with a question such as, “How are you today?” Let’s be honest, nothing has changed. I am still afraid of the dark, have nightmares, can only walk on one side of a hallway, and become completely ungrounded in crowds of more than two! 

Each day I had physical, occupational, and speech therapy. I didn’t succumb to hypnosis; the drugs were addictive, and the nightmares continued.

As I complied with the regimen, prescription after prescription, my stay finally came to an end. Afterward, I was deemed whole, released, and given months of prescription controlled substances. I somehow reentered “life” haltingly.

The challenges and faults of life marched on and my need for HELP became apparent.

A variety of resources were available to me through my job. I had access to doctors of every caliber and expertise throughout the tri-state region at my disposal.

It was a time of turmoil and depression. My mind and heart were in turmoil. I was struggling to make ends meet in my mundane life. Everything was short or just out of reach. Anger, wrath, and fury were my constant companions.

Suddenly, I found myself lost. I needed to be found. Beyond the end of one’s wit is where I now permanently resided. A doctor’s intervention was required. Then there was a chance to meet with a Doctor extraordinaire!

“I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick:” (Ezekiel 34:16). It took “I Am”, The I Am, the Balm of Gilead for my mind, body, and spirit to be righted. A healing victory came about. “ thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

God is the creator of all living things, including me and all my personal adopted woes. He is the Deliverer of every enemy encircling one’s soul. 

“In His pity, He redeemed me 

When He saw me in my woe. 

Yes, He sanctified and cleansed me 

Now I’m whiter than the snow.”

Hymn

God, The Mighty Physician, made me every whit whole! Who’s your Doctor?

An Overcomer

An Overcomer

A brand new year has begun! Do you feel confined already? Do you feel overwhelmed at work? Are you constantly outnumbered?

There is nothing new under the sun. From the beginning, evil has sought to destroy good. Your combats are very intense and dangerous. Despite overwhelming odds, you are among the overcomers!

Let’s begin with Deborah in Judges 4. Yep, the children of Israel sinned against God. The Lord allowed them to be sold in the hand of Jabin the king of Canaan. Sisera, the captain of the host, had nine hundred iron chariots and for twenty years Israel was oppressed.

Whom did God choose for Israel? Barak was a timid warrior who would not go into battle without Deborah. The message from God assured her He’d deliver Jabin’s army with his chariots and his multitude into her hands – and they were.

The account in II Kings 6 tells of the Syrian king’s war against Israel. He and his counselors made their strategy in the privacy of their camps, but God revealed them all to Elijah. Traveling by night with their horses, chariots, and the Syrian’s mighty host, they surrounded the city of Dothan. After waking up early, Elijah’s servant was alarmed to see the city surrounding him. He aroused his master in horror! Calmly, Elijah told the servant not to fear, then prayed, “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.” The mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire! The enemies were struck blind and never returned to the land of Israel.

In addition, in chapter 14 of I Samuel, Jonathan and his armor-bearer conquered 20 men. You know of David and the lion and bear in 1 Samuel 17. He and his mighty fighting men slew 500 men. Zeruiah alone defeated 800.

Wherever you find yourself with God you are the majority!

The greatest battle took place on Calvary. The world of sin against the spotless lamb of God. For three days that conflict raged, and on the third day, the earth trembled, and the Lord rose and defeated sin, death, and the devil. ALL POWER was given to Him in heaven and earth.

He took His place at the right hand of the Father and then sent the Comforter to provide power for peace and war. In every situation, he is all we need to teach our hands to fight and our fingers to fight. He’s our goodness, and our fortress and shield (Ps. 144)

If you remain faithful until the end, you will come out like fine gold because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4)

It’s Called Tomorrow

It’s Called Tomorrow

It’s another year, and there’s much talk and plans as we resolute, calculate and jumpstart. However, I wonder what foundation your strategies are built upon? You have gone through 365 days of highs and lows, intrigues, hardships, and adversity. It’s time to move on, but what can we look forward to in 2022?

We can look to Lamentation 3: 22, 23. “It is of the Lord’s mercy that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

After months and months of life coming against us, no matter how stormy the day, or how mundane (like a flat tire, or a car out of balance), tomorrow presents an opportunity.

Therefore we ought to focus on the things that matter most:
Worshipping Christ,
Listening to Him,
and being in His presence.
Preceding days give way to a fresh start to enjoy a deeper relationship with God. A fresh canvas, every twenty-four hours.

Psalm 9:1 says, “I will praise thee, O Lord with my whole heart: I will show forth all thy marvellous works.” But only if He leads us not into temptation, but delivers us from evil.

The New Year is good because we are obedient to the Lord in faith. For He is our shepherd, and he will always provide for us – including tomorrow!

It’s Called Love

It’s Called Love

Do you recall the story of the child finding a robin’s egg? In his excitement, he gathered the egg in a towel to keep it warm. Then, every day after waking up, he’d checked to see if the egg hatched.

Cautioned by his mother to wait, she instructed him it would happen when it was ready. The child felt such a love for the egg. The growing possibility of having a little bird of his own was more than he could bear. He wearied of the wait.

One evening having reached the end of his endurance, he slipped into the washroom to take one more look, and low and behold, there was a crack in the egg. He heard light tapping, and the fledgling was breaking forth. Watching for what seemed like hours, he inched closer and attempted to help the bird eradicate itself from the confining structure. As he gently peeled the shell away, freeing the bird, his mother came in. The bird’s breathing was labored, and it did not move. Mom sided up close to the upset little boy but didn’t want to alarm the child. The mother softly explained the bird needed to break through the shell on its own so its muscles would get strong enough to live and fly. The child wept bitterly as the breathing grew shallow. He wanted only to help, but the bird died.

Life is a trial most of the time. Sometimes because of the Lord’s choosing and other times due to our unwise choices.

Reaping can bring on many challenges, not designed to break you but to enhance your strength.

The strength needed to believe in God and embrace His promises that He’d never allow more than we can bear. His grace is sufficient, and He so loved us that He sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins. It’s like the egg; we must successfully fight through each level of the situations, hardships, and misfortunes.

To shortcut or sidestep any hardships would only be to our harm. So to start, say, “I believe, but help my unbelief.” However, each will increase one’s faith because God will lead, guide, and even pick you up and carry you through when needed, but we must go through, clean through by His design. It’s called love!

Heroes

Heroes

It’s been one of those days, months, years. Nothing seemed to ease my plight. I did all the “go-to’s,” but I felt no relief. By and by, it came to me that a bit of encouragement was in need.

So to Hebrews 11, I fled. Reading about Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Moses and their deliverance made me feel worse. My trials and crosses were still before me and ever-present. Day after day, the situations of life yet loomed.

1 Peter 4:19 records, “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”

Our refuge is in Christ. Life is life, and because of all the intricate ins and outs of this journey, God knows, cares, and will see us through. Not only the Red Seas, the Walls of Jericho but day by day tedious, unnoticed, unthanked, unpleasant hours!

When the storms of life are raging,
Tempests wild on sea and land,
I’ll seek a place of refuge;
In the shadow of God’s hand.
Enemies may strive to injure,
Satan all his arts employ;
He will turn what seems to harm me
Into everlasting joy.

He Will Hide Me by Mary E. Servoss

When we depend on God as our refuge, We can stand on His Promises. When we are faithful to Him and in His refuge, He will never allow too much. He’ll make a way of escape so that we can bear it while in it. You may have to stay in the fire, in the den of lions, on the job, in the marriage, but King Darius reported, “Lo I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

Whatever happens in your life, your joy is made possible in the Lord! The example you present to the world that God’s grace is sufficient in every situation reflects God’s perfect plan. To please Him is Joy and the joy of the Lord is our strength. And His strength makes us Heroes!

Who’s Wisdom?

Who’s Wisdom?

Every family, church, and workplace has at least one relative, fellow worshipper, or co-worker who can’t seem to get their act together. The rest of us wonder how they miss the obvious every single time! It’s as though these people have to fall into every pothole in the street because it never occurred to them to go down a different road.

Has someone come to mind yet?

Common sense is good, but to navigate through life successfully, one needs the Wisdom of God! Not necessarily all the wisdom Solomon had, but all the wisdom you will need. We gather it from God when we ask for it.

Such insight causes me to think that most people are deceived into thinking they are wise already, therefore, leaning to their own understanding, which leads to those potholes each time. The Lord gives knowledge, understanding, and sound wisdom to the righteous. So those who are righteous, and ask, will get all they need right from God.

God’s word says wisdom is a gift from Him and written through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Those unfortunate people, thinking more highly of themselves refusing to ask for wisdom, perhaps will never see the light of reality. Holding fast to the wisdom and the precepts contained in the Bible will cause us to walk in the integrity of God; instead of gravitating toward those dreaded potholes. God will plant your feet on the straight and narrow road of wisdom.