This is a photo of some of the medicine it takes to keep me functioning at a level of semi-normalcy. It allows me to blend in without people noticing that I move and feel like an 80 year old man, thanks to Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Additionally, there is a shot I take once a month that suppresses my immune system, making me more susceptible to illness and there is also a monthly trip to the hematologist for a therapeutic phlebotomy.
Now, about that perspective…
When I look at this medication regimen through worldly eyes, I am frustrated that I have to take so much medication to function at age 44….
But when I see it through a Biblical perspective, I thank God for the miracles of modern medicine which allow me to keep going.
When I consider the cost of the medication from a worldly perspective, I am overwhelmed by thoughts like “How am I going to pay for this?”…
But when I see it through a Biblical perspective, I thank God for always meeting my needs and providing for me and my family, even when we don’t always think to ask Him to. We have never needed anything more than God provided, but God has always provided more than we need.
When I dwell on and am frustrated by the seemingly hundreds of doctor’s appointments I have each year, I can easily slip into a moment of self-pity, or a bout of major depression…
But when I acknowledge that “all good things come from the Lord”, I am eternally grateful for the wisdom God has given those doctors that help manage my health and I’m able to joke about how it takes a whole team of doctors, nurses, and “-ists” to keep me going.
When I look around me at the world we live in through a worldly perspective, I see a mess of turmoil, angry people, hurt people, misguided people, hatred, pain, suffering, death… all consequences of our actions – consequences of sin…
But when I see it through a the perspective of one who follows Jesus, I am overwhelmed by the profound grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and salvation that comes through knowing Jesus Christ, the Lord of my life. I am amazed at the love that transcends all the bad in this world. I see a God who is bigger than anything we face in this life.
Do you know that God loves you? Do you know you have forgiveness and freedom offered through Jesus Christ? Do you know that God offers this eternal salvation through Christ to everyone?
If you don’t know this peace that surpasses understanding; if you don’t know the love of God in a personal way, please let me share with you the reason for the hope I have in me. I’ll gladly lead you to the throne of God and eternal salvation. I know The Way.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” -Galations 5:1