No One Else

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You may have noticed that my posts have been a little on the sparse side as of late and there is a reason for that. It’s kind of hard to write on things that will lift people up when you’re dealing with pain and that is what I have run into as of late.

I’m 74 years old so I shouldn’t complain, God had been very gracious to me over the years from a health perspective. I’ve had a couple of incidents along the way but God has always met my need and I have been able to carry on.

About a month ago I started to develop a pain in my left leg and it appears to be getting worse. I can tone down the pain level with pain killers but it definitely has affected my mobility because as soon as I do any substantial walking, even with painkillers, the pain returns. Oh yes, I have prayed about it, almost every day (some days I forget to mention it) but no change as of yet. And yes I’ve been to a Doctor but he thought that it was due to a torn muscle and because of my age, it will take a while to heal. I have no pain or discomfort in my spine at all. I’m getting an appointment with my family Doctor and I am sure he will do x-rays and stuff to make a more thorough check of it but that hasn’t happened as of yet. Yes, I know, I should have done this sooner but I was kinda hoping that God would take care of it, like He has so many times before.

It’s interesting on the timing on this because of daily prayers that include Bill and Terri who, as you are aware, are both paralysed. Because it really limits my mobility it has brought me into a new awareness of things that I normally take for granted. Prayer life remains good and this “experience” has been beneficial, with me realising that God is my source for all things, regardless of circumstances. There have been more than a couple of mornings when the Holy Spirit has popped that verse into my mind about me being able to do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.

Short story is I just don’t know what is going on. Your prayers and supplications are obviously solicited.

A post came to my mind last night in a dream as I was sleeping and I actually remembered it when I woke up. It had to do with all the garbage that is going on these days with world politics and nations trying to position themselves for the best position that will further their particular goals. We’ve run into this kind of mess before where the powers that be in Germany decided that they would seek world dominance. Our strength and security is not in world domination or isolationism, it is our collective faith and trust in the Lord. And this verse in my dream was the kicker, the end all to end alls.

John 14:6 NIV  “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

If we individually and collectively don’t get this, we’re missing the boat. And of course, that is exactly what we are doing as a nation, both individually and collectively, in ever increasing numbers. Jesus said that as the end times approached, there would be a great falling away. I believe we are in those days. It’s probably not going to get better, actually it appears to be getting worse and now is the time to solidify the reality of who our source is.

For those of us who grasp the urgency and clarity of these words that Jesus spoke, He becomes our source for everything literally because He is our source for everything. He is Number One to our communion with the Father, no one else. No politician, no world leader, literally no one. Why, because this is the way that God the Father determined it to be and only Jesus could do what He did to save us, which He did. We’re talking basics here, everything else, everything else, is secondary.

Pain is secondary, paralyzation is secondary, mobility is secondary, everything else is secondary. I don’t know about you but I admit that there are times when Jesus appears to put this question to me, like He did with the twelve, by changing circumstances around me.

John 6:65-68 NIV  “He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.” From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

And I, like Peter, respond in the same manner. There is no one else Lord, you are the way, the truth and the life. 

No, I don’t always have answers to all of the “why’s”, no I don’t always understand or fully comprehend what is happening to me or around me, especially with those that I love, but I do know who Jesus is and I do know that I am His and He is mine and I am so grateful for that.

It’s really hard to put into words what that means. To those who have never asked Jesus to be their Lord and Saviour, it probably sounds like foolishness but such is not the case. I don’t possess any great intellect, there’s really not that much that I can wave my little banner about me that comes to mind, other than what Jesus has done to my heart. Tissues are a standard requirement now when I kneel in prayer, because that is how precious He has become. Jesus is my hope and I love Him.

I can’t help but think that Jesus is collectively drawing His Church to Him, He is preparing us, strengthening our relationship with Him, because it is going to be needed.

Philippians 4:6-7 NIV  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I’ve gained a new appreciation for Bill and Terri these last few days, ever more so than I had before, which is saying something. And I’m also very grateful for those who I have come to know on this blogging thingie (technical term), I could name you all but there would be quite a list. The word precious comes to mind. Just wanted you to know. Some wonderful day we will all meet in the presence of our Lord. That’s gonna be some wonderful day!

Worthy is the Lamb. Blessings!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 7 grand children, ex-Canadian Armed Forces and residing in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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19 comments on “No One Else
  1. lindamowles says:

    I well understand both back pain and the power of the Lord to work miracles even if it is through the hands of medical specialists. In the last 10 years I have had 2 back fusions, and I am how the proud recipient of 2 rods on each side of the spine, going from pelvis to shoulder blade,along with 36 screws holding everything in place. But, it has reduced the debilitating, excruciating pain to virtually nothing, praise the Lord for His healing powers. You are in my prayers, Bruce, and I am asking the Lord that He guide you to the right doctor who can address your specific needs. Blessings to you, my blogging friend.

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  2. Jeff Rab says:

    May your health spring forth speedily and your spirit be stronger than ever, Bruce!

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  3. Bette Cox says:

    Reading through these may help you, Bruce… writing them certainly has helped me! Delegated authority is yours in Jesus’ name. I will definitely be praying in agreement with you. ❤ https://estherspetition.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/how-to-heal-the-sick/, also https://estherspetition.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/how-to-heal-the-sick-addendum/

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  4. We notice when you are sparse at posting only knowing that you are most likely on mission in the world! Will continue to pray for your leg and the ensuing investigation to find the culprit. With our trust and prayers in Him have seen evidence that He will keep you safe and is working for your benefit through His grace! As seen with prayers answered to keep you (and David) safe during the hurricane! Blessings your way Brother!

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  5. hawk2017 says:

    In prayer.

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  6. SLIMJIM says:

    Just prayed for you; seems like many are going through pain and trying to hang on through WordPress; God bless you Bruce

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  7. lynnabbott says:

    Praying for you!

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  8. Sue Love says:

    Bruce, I am truly sorry for you in your suffering. I know that pain all too well. Although the pain is in your leg, it is very likely it is stemming from something going on in your back. It is the nature of sciatic pain. But, I could be wrong. I do hope and pray for you to get to the root of what is causing the pain soon. I also pray for your healing. In the meanwhile, I pray God ministers to your spirit through it all and that you keep relying on the Lord for your strength to make it through. Sue

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    • Bruce says:

      Thank you Sue for your prayers and kind words. It’s amazing what we take for granted until it gets messed up. I’ve been able to sleep alright and the pain killers make it manageable, hopefully my family Doctor will get it squared off in the not too distant future. Dealing with pain has never been my strong suit. And you’re right about gaining insight. When I think of what some have to put up with, it definitely puts a whole new spin on things. It’s almost embarrassing to even mention it. I’m kinda thinking the Apostle Paul would be telling me to get a grip. I’ve been pampered for too long. But …. don’t stop those prayers! God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours.

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      • Sue Love says:

        Ok, you got it. I think I may have told you that we went bowling last Friday and my back and left leg have been suffering from it ever since then. I love to bowl, but I may have to give it up, at least until I can get my back strengthened more. So, I truly have been “feeling your pain” the past couple of days. So, praying for your total well being, my friend.

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      • Bruce says:

        I am amazed and grateful for the way in which our Lord has worked on my heart with regard to my warm thoughts about you. It’s almost like our Lord has upgraded my eyeglasses prescription. It’s funny, last summer my wife and I were babysitting my son’s children and I saw a bicycle just sitting there outside and thought, I used to ride a bike everywhere when I was young. Think I will go for a spin, so off I went. Did you know that riding a bike actually hurts ones rear now? Never would have believed that but it did! The point being that we’re always learning. You and your ministry are a blessing Sue and I am grateful that our Lord’s love is bigger than both of us. Thank you for being my friend. Some glorious day we shall meet. God’s grace, peace and blessings to you and yours as always. – Bruce

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      • Sue Love says:

        Bruce, thank you for those kind words. Yes, our Lord’s love is bigger than us all.

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