“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).

As a physician who studies aspects of health and wellness as well as the relationship of spiritual life to our health, I was surprised. In fact, I was in for several large surprises.

Wow! It is hard to believe that a year ago I was asking God to make my relationship with Him real. I thought I would have a spiritual renewal like never before. I asked Him to help me shed the preconceived nature of my “religion.” Little did I know what that would mean for me.

As I had in previous years, I served the Lord to the best of my knowledge. I read my Bible. I prayed. I attended church regularly. I made sure to pay my tithes. I was in submission to authorities over me. About halfway through April, I was supposed to officiate a funeral service for one of our dear, departed saints. I felt so weak that I couldn’t get out of bed and had to have others care for the service.

I thought I just had a virus or something. Imagine my surprise the next morning when my symptoms were more like a stroke with slurred speech, right-sided weakness, and loss of coordination. I had experienced a similar stroke of about five years earlier. This time, the symptoms were just more severe.

We went to the hospital and sure enough, I had suffered another stroke in exactly the same location—just larger than before.

This was a surprise because I had been taking preventive medicines and health measures, such as supporting supplements since my previous stroke. The doctors could find no reason for it nor anything else that could be done to prevent another stroke from happening.

I went through rehab and was just starting to gain strength back on my right side when I came down with shingles which impeded my progress for about a month. When I was just about over them, I had a freak accident and broke four ribs which caused severe pain and kept me in bed for about two-and-a-half months.

When you experience such challenges, it’s hard not to ask God “Why?” I didn’t exactly say that, but I did ask Him if there was something in my life that was causing me not to be right before Him. I felt like He reminded me of my prayer from earlier in the year when I asked to be closer to Him and to have a real relationship like He wanted.

The words of Job kept echoing through my mind and heart, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. Hear diligently my speech, and my declaration with your ears” (Job 13:15-17).

Imagine being thankful for multiple medical problems! Imagine God changing my attitude from frustration to one of thanksgiving
and trust. What a wonderful Savior Jesus is, especially when we are real with Him!«

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