A Devotion by Joe G.
Another day that changed me
I’ve been wanting to write this story/devotion for over a week now. But unfortunately, I have been unable to because of the circumstances I’ve described below. But, even though my body is not totally cooperating with me, my mind is telling me it’s time to write the following thoughts down.
Last Saturday, I had something happen to me that I never expected. I had a stroke. For a few hours, my brain sent out mixed messages. My vision was beyond double, my blood pressure was extremely high, and I finally called the paramedics, who took me to the hospital.
The end result doctor said I had a minor stroke. If this is what a small stroke does to you, I pray that neither I nor you ever have a big one. I’ve made over 25-30 errors in my writing so far. I’m fatigued, and my speech is slightly slurred. My memory isn’t bad, but I’m having difficulty getting what’s in my mind to come out of my mouth all the time. The doctors told me that the majority of the symptoms will pass in a few weeks or so.
It has been scary. But not as frightening as things used to be when they occurred. You see, I concur with what the writer of Romans said”
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Nothing will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So, you see, it doesn’t matter if I had a stroke or if you had a bad day. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
John 16:33 says this:
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that we will have trouble. That means we’re going to get sick, break an arm or leg, get cancer, have a hernia, or have complications from surgery.
Yes, we will have trouble. Jesus never hid that from us. We may lose our job, have an accident, or even have a stroke. But he has overcome the world. He (Jesus) has died for our sins. He has given us a way to escape this confusing world.
We will have eternal life because of His Father’s (God’s) Grace and through our faith in Jesus Christ (what he did for us). We can look forward to a day when all of this pain, hardships, illness, and hatred is behind us. Some day we will be in our Father’s arms.
And as He holds us close and all the pain is behind us, you’ll hear Him whisper in your ear.
“Well done, my good servant!”