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Friday, March 1, 2019

Think About It.

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Life is full of the unexpected. As much as we try to plan, the unexpected happens and we have to do some course correction. I like to think that the unexpected is not a respecter of persons. It goes right along with ‘Life happens while we’re making other plans’.

A few weeks ago I had tests ordered because of complications of bronchitis and asthma. It the course of that test it was learned that I had a large aorta aneurism which was going to need attention very soon. Subsequently I now sit at my computer with a “zipper” on my chest as they had to do open heart surgery to repair the aneurism.

Life after major surgery is not the same as it was before. In my case I can’t drive for 4-6 weeks and must rely upon family and friends to cart me different places. For a person who was accustom to walking 3-4 miles per day, learning to take it easy is another unexpected challenge.

Someone asked me when the last time I had been a patient in the hospital. My response? 1952. Other than a colonoscopy I haven’t been in a hospital. I’ve learned about another side of life that I’ve never seen or experienced before. I’d like to say that I’m a great patient but I’m not. I’m restless and frustrated with the process. To someone who is accustom to being in control, this sucks.

Of course the unexpected is never the real problem. The real problem is how you deal with the unexpected. Does it control you, upset your life, throw you into despair or can you ride out the unexpected in stride? Personally as a person of faith, I believe that nothing happens without God’s foreknowledge. As such the Apostle Paul stated that all things work together for good, (Romans 8:28-29). Therefore even if it was unexpected for me, it was not for God and in that I can have peace and hope. That’s a great place to be. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Praying for a speedy and full recovery. I had a similar experience. God gave me peace right from the start.

Phil Vaughn, Ulysses said...

Glad to hear you are still in the land of the living. Praise God for the wisdom he has given doctors. "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory..." (II Cor. 4:17) You know this was written by a man who suffered terrible afflictions but had such a vision of the ultimate prize, that made the price less significant Praying for your complete recovery and special grace until then, brother. God has much more for you to do for Him.

Anonymous said...

Great word, 10:12!!!!

Anonymous said...

Accustomed, not accustom. And best thoughts, and wishes for a full recovery.