“Brother John, Part IV, God is Good”
By: Lisa Velez
November 22, 2005
Praise God! What else can I say besides that?
I recently found out about my friend John and his tests that he’s been going through. Everything turned out great and there are no signs of cancer. All that remains is the initial small tumor around his intestines that the doctors found in the very beginning. I am so happy.
I know, however, that we must keep on praying for John, because now he has to endure surgery. Even though the tumor is not cancer, the doctors still want to remove it so that it doesn’t turn in to it after time passes. John’s wife, Naomi told me that the doctors might even have to remove a small part of his intestine. And even though I can barely imagine how recovering from that will feel like or how long it will take, I’m just grateful that he doesn’t have to go through chemotherapy, loosing his hair or anything like that. I’m so ecstatic that I’m going to have my friend John around to bother for years to come, God willing. That thought alone brings a smile to my lips and laughter to my heart.
I tell you, the enemy has really been working over time this year. And I know I’ve said it already, but boy oh boy, I just wish I could knock him out cold myself and announce his death to the cosmos. I suppose I’ll have to leave that to the Almighty who’s got a plan for him that he never saw coming!
For instance, right now my friend *Dee, went for a part time job at a hospital in the city where I grew up in New Jersey. And one of the doctors said that she would need a few tests to make sure she was healthy to work there. Upon taking the tests, Dee found out that one of her lungs was filling up with fluid, as were her legs. I just couldn’t believe it. Then last week, Dee had to go through a cat scan to see how her lung was doing. And when she got her phone call, thinking she was going to get the results of the test, she more or less got gibber gabber. The doctor gave her no “actual results,” he just said that he wanted to wait until it, get this…”got worse” before he treated it! Now I don’t know about you, but when I heard that, a certain word just flew through my thoughts like never before…”Lawsuit!” What is he waiting for her to become deathly ill or die; I just could not believe it! Thank God, Dee is getting a second opinion, because I just wanted to smack that doctor who said that to her.
Anyway, the enemy cannot have my friends, nor can he have my husband, my family or me- (that includes my furry kids always); for we belong to a higher power, we belong to God. He bought us at a high price and defeated the grave. Therefore, He will, and has before, defeat satan and all his taunting and attacks. Like a song says that we sing in church, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom!” Satan has no power over us when we’ve been washed by the blood of the Holy Lamb. And I plead the blood of Jesus over my friends and family right here and right now!
I know we will get sick sometimes and things will happen in our lives. Satan will always “try” to get us down and destroy us, especially those that believe in Jesus with all their hearts and those who live to do His service and are pressing forward to get even closer to Him. Yet the “only thing” satan can do is “try” because Jesus has the “ultimate” say. And the enemy may strive to ruin our lives, our bodies, or our minds, etc., but he cannot and will not have our hearts or our souls, for they will live forever in God’s beautiful Heaven, where he can never bother us ever again.
And so, with Thanksgiving but only a day and a half away, I am so very grateful for the life of my friend, John, who has been given the gift of another new day, and God-willing many, many more hereafter.
*Name changed by request of my friend for privacy and protection purposes…
What wonderful news for your friend, John! To God be the glory! "I know we will get sick sometimes and things will happen in our lives." Oh, please don't claim that. May the Lord see fit to give you and yours divine health... always. May salvation and the glory of the Lord flood your home, your family, and your friends. In Jesus' blessed name, amen.