Excuse Me… Just wanted to know you’re OK!

grace_wordle-600x274“I am with you always… even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Excuse me… but I was just wondering how you are doing with life things? You know life can be rather difficult at times and some times we get a little behind and a little overwhelmed. How are you doing?

Got that surgery coming up. I still hurt. I still need that surgery. But there is the surgery itself, the pain, the rehab and recovery. How long will it really take for me to get back to my normal? I’m not looking forward to all of it… but I know it must be done. How are you really doing with it? Some worry, some anxiety, but hope outweighs the rest. I know God will be with me through it all… so I am really OK cause God is with me.

Got that radiation coming up. I’ve been through the scare and emotion of the diagnosis, the facing of the surgery itself. Now comes the radiation and I hope that will be the end of it all and I can put this behind me. I too, know that God has been with me all the way through this and will be with me all the way through. So, I am really OK cause I know God is here.

Dealing with that dog gone old grief thing. Some times it is old and fading. Other times it is fresh as the morning news. Some times I can handle it very well, while at other times I can’t handle it at all. I remember the preacher saying grief is a roller coaster ride… and it sure is. But I am finding out that as time goes by the turns, dips and twists are not quite as sharp or steep as they were early on. My loved one has visited me to let me know he/she is OK and that has given me a special blessing. So, I am really OK cause I know God is with me giving me comfort and peace every single day.

Our son/daughter, oh how we want him/her to come around to see life on drugs is no life at all… certainly not what life could be for him/her. We have prayed and talked and cried and worried till we are blue in the face. It seems that all our words and love has fallen on deaf ears. Will he/her change… come around to living life without drugs or will he/she stay in the world of delusion? What can I do that I haven’t already done? I now seek strength to turn over my child to God completely and trust that God will take care of him/her and keep him/her safe. Am I OK? I guess I am as OK as I can be in this uncertainty about my child. I do trust God to do His will in the life of my child. I pray that it will be an outcome where my child recovers and makes a good new life. I am OK cause I trust God to always be there.

I got this stage four cancer, been through surgery, and now back on chemotherapy and a new experimental cancer drug. What is out there in the near future for me? What will happen next week, next month, next year? Will I ever get through this alive? All those questions are in the back of my head almost all the time. I am pleased that God has given me this time to live. Am I OK… am I good with all this? I am OK cause God is still with me all the time… and God will see me all the way through.

I had this stroke thing that has left me paralyzed on my left side. I have recovered my speech and clear thinking, but I still can’t walk or use my left hand and arm. I had hoped that by now I would be well on my way to recovery… almost completely back to normal… like before. But that is not the case. I have more time in rehab and I am not sure how long it will take to recover and how fully I will recover. I know that God was with me throughout all of this as he has been with me throughout all my life. I know that God will give me the strength I need for each day of rehab, each moment of doubt, each time I feel discouraged. Am I OK? I am as OK as I can be in this uncertainty knowing that God will see me through. I am OK cause God is with me.

There are many more of our stories that could be mentioned, some more difficult than others. But all serious and personal to those involved. But we can know that we are OK cause God is with us every minute of every day. He will not leave us or forsake us. We are his children and the objects of his love.

Dear Lord, we know that we are OK because we know for sure that you are with us every moment of every day wanting for us to be blessed, fulfilled, whole and faithful disciples who live in such a way that others may also know they too are OK. In and through Jesus. Amen.

A very special thanks to all who have read the sample chapter of any of the three books listed in the heading above. If you enjoyed them, even purchased them, please leave a good review on the Amazon Web page. I hope these books will bring you grace and strength as you serve so faithfully.

Thanks, Steve

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