I recently spent a few days in the hospital undergoing a variety of tests. After being poked, jabbed and stuck they could not find any cause for my discomfort. I suppose that is why people call it “the practice of medicine.”
I certainly didn’t get any rest as the nurses and aides came into the room at all hours to take my temperature, blood pressure and sugar levels. They also needed to periodically check this diseased but still functioning heart. In addition, my roommate had a failing liver from years of alcohol abuse and whose brain was toxic and becoming useless. It was difficult to witness someone in his condition and many prayers were said regarding his eternal reception.
Despite the negatives I received exceptional care. There was one nurse in particular who was fascinated by my stories of God’s healing grace and my passion for writing. She admitted to not being a Christian but over three days she and I talked for hours. I told her of my retirement from being a stockbroker/trust advisor and how I now spend a good portion of my time writing for Him. She made the most interesting comment when she said, “you have gone from numbers to letters.”
The fourth book in the Old Testament is Numbers, written by Moses, which tells how a caring God miraculously provided for, loved and forgave the people of Israel even though they repeatedly rebelled against Him.
And whenever I consider the word letters, I reflect on the Letters written by Paul in the books of, Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, Thessalonians, Timothy and Titus.
My daily prayer is to give pleasure to my God by living a life pleasing to Him as directed by the Scriptures. These essays of faith are provided by this grateful follower as testimony for His constant presence of companionship and hope.
Listen to the plea David makes to God on behalf of his king,
“May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever;
appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.”