I worked in the medical field for forty years, working day in and night out on human hearts. At the time Jesus Christ had not yet saved me and I thought that we, who did this form of work─were beyond reproach. We were on the cutting edge of cardiac restoration and rehabilitation; we were for three years, at the top in Texas. I have even worked on the heart of the president of Ecuador…Ooo!
Today, I am 61 years old. I am afflicted with arthritis in my hands and knees to the point that I will never be able to hold an instrument again, or be able to stand at the table for hours on end. I have diabetes II as well. Yet the one saving grace in everything in my life comes from the Lord! It is the knowledge of my Lord and the future existence in heaven with HIM! Praise my Lord for all HIS blessings!
We humans have afflictions of our fleshy hearts that would curl the hair of most! Things that seem to simply go wrong often did, and we would have seminars to address these things on a continuous basis. After all the school I went through to gain this position, I was still in school every week, without fail. We truly live in bodies that I like to refer to as a “flabby bag of fluid and bones.”
Oh, and we must make sure they are stout and hardy. We must run marathons and exercise without fail everyday! That way, we live longer! What a bunch of whoweee! Runners of notoriety these days are dropping like flies from cardiac problems, and they’re supposed to be the elite!
We had a saying, more of a joke actually. “Hey, cut it out! Can’t you see that I am busy saving lives here?” We were actively taking a stance against the Lord! The Lord saves lives. Not us! I know this to be a fact. We would work our collective butts off using every technological advantage we possess and still, some would die right in front of us!
It was God telling us that only HE can save. No matter the situation. And when He calls someone home, they come! It took forty years for that to get through my head. And when the Lord humbled me, it was the hardest lesson I had to learn. Here’s an example:
The patient presents himself with a Cardiac Tachycardia of 220 bpm, quickly followed by a Syncopal episode of less than a minute. Somewhere in his past, the patient had the flu with possible earmarks of yellow fever. Therefore, we can assume that there was some scaring of the cardiac tissue.
Upon further investigation, with an advanced 12 lead ECG, we discovered there was an AV Nodal Re-entrant Tachycardia (electrical signal would reach the scar and the signal would start running in a circle at that point).
The idea was to place a special catheter in the heart, find the circular signal and then ablate the tissue (create a small burn spot), thus stopping the circular signal and allowing it to continue on to the Hiss-Perkingie fibers of the heart and a normal heart rate. This usually worked and the patient would be released to a normal life there after.
Oh wow! We had saved another patient! WRONG! As Jesus Christ has said, “Ye can do nothing without me!” We were running about with big heads, we were so awesome and never did we give credit, or the praise to the Lord that HE deserved.
Think on this for a moment! These flabby, baggy, bodies full of fluid and bones are nothing to fix. We all still die one day! It is the LORD God almighty that takes us to heaven or to hell.
Somewhere along the way we have been taught that “this life” is so “all important!” We have been flimflammed into believing this by Satan, and yet the various bacteria of our bodies kill us everyday by staph and strep, to name just two.
Research sometime, “MRSA” (Methicillian ResistantStaphylococcus Aurous). We have staph bacteria on our skin and inside our bodies, like in the bowel for instance, and yet when it gets into a sterile area it can kill us…dead! strep causes strep throat. And if left untreated, can kill you. Now look at these things and cancer as well, as a form of SIN. You will quickly see that SIN is the cause of all this illness and death.
How about AIDS? It first shows up in gay men and kills them within a year. There is a resulting pronouncement for actions that the Lord calls an abomination. Let there be no mistake here. If it is in anyway against the LORD God Almighty or HIS Holy Word, it is SIN and it will kill you.
Maybe not today, but in the future it will. Jesus Christ is the onlyway to life everlasting! HE is the Creator of each of us and HE is the true physician. And only HE can heal eternally. Am I saying all medical personnel are worthless? Absolutely not!
The pickle here is this: Where do you think all this knowledge came from? Who is it that sustains us until we humbly come to HIM? Who is it that has created a “spirit” within us that continues on into eternity? I say “spirit” rather than soul; look up the difference between the two in your Bibles using Strong’s Concordance for assistance.
We know the soul is more like that person inside your body that provides the voice that speaks to you. It is also that voice that tells you what is right and what is wrong but there is a difference. That difference is for another article though.
Suffice it to say that if the Lord calls you home, there isn’t squat we can do about it! God is the ultimate authority in every single part of our lives. Man on the other hand, would love to elevate himself to the level of God.
For just a second I’d like to remind you, that this is the same thing Lucifer did that got him thrown out of heaven. And we call him Satan today. I’m reminding you of this fact so as to make sure you see that rebellion against God, in any manner whatever, is to be against God and deserves death.
It says in Romans 3,23-24, emphasis added:
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”
Somewhere along the way, we have been deceived (by Satan) into thinking we are all important. It is not us, but God that is important! God created us to be a people that HE could love and care for and that we could love HIM in return so that we would be HIS people and HE would be our God.
There is no other way to say this. It is the absolute truth! Once we understand where and by whom we were created, and then understand why we are here, then we will forever be free. That makes it a great truth. We simply walk a certain path and one day the path forks.
One goes to the left, and the other to the right. Jesus Christ stands opposed to Satan. It is our responsibility, and our only purpose to choose which side we wish to be on. Once our human bodies die, there is no changing our minds.
It is eternally written in God’s book of life which side we chose. Our existence in eternity is dictated according to that one choice! Choose Jesus Christ and you will be in heaven for eternity. Choose Satan, and you will eternally die in hell.
There is one hitch in all of this! Like I said, you must choose before you die, right? So, when are we supposed to die? Will it always be like grandma and grandpa, when we are old? Absolutely not, only the Father knows! So…if you have no idea of when you’re going to die, which could in 50 years or two minutes after you read this, where would you go?
I remember the “teen tragedy” songs of the 50’s and the 60’s. Do you? Therefore, it could be at any age, that my friends, is a very sobering thought indeed! The manner in which we go has no bearing on the situation either.
All of this is up to the Lord. Being that I am 61, and a diabetic with arthritis, I can’t wait to shed this corrupt and problem infested body and be given my new “incorruptible” body!
I know that if this article were to be read by the majority of the world, they would scoff and call me every possible name they could think of. This for me is just fine. I am not here to gain popularity with humanity; I am here to follow my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to give HIM all my Love and devotion. HE deserves the glory and the blessings because he does everything. Not us!
Trust me when I say, it is ultimately strange to me, that the majority would rather receive the glory for themselves. Yet, what is it that they have accomplished? Man has never created anything new! It doesn’t matter who a person is, God is no respecter of anyone!
I will not humble myself in front of any man, for any reason, even if it results in my death. They will be sending me to the place I hope for─heaven for eternity! It doesn’t get any better than that! My Lord and Savior…Jesus Christ!
P.S. It doesn’t matter how much you rant and rave. It doesn’t matter what you say. One thing is a for sure! Accepting the gift of Jesus Christ is the only way to life for eternity! Once you’re gone from here, there’s no coming back. There is only one true Lord and Savior. You may want to get to know HIM, before your date with death.