This year has also been a very hurtful and painful time in my life and if it were not for my relationship with the Lord Jesus I really don't know how I'd be able to handle all the things that have hit me so suddenly.
Earlier this year my wife and I had to put our precious pet of 15 years to sleep, a male golden retriever that was just the best dog we ever had, it was cancer that finally did him in after battling with the disease for almost a year until finally he could not go on any longer, but he never cried or whimpered in all the time he dealt with it, he was such a trooper!
I tell you when you love a pet as much as we loved him, losing him is just as painful as losing your own child as they are still God's creation and everything the Lord created is precious in his eyes.
There isn't a day that goes by that my wife and I think about him in tears.
And that's not all, about five weeks ago I started feeling moments of fatigue and at times I would become lightheaded and had to lay down, it progressively has been getting worse and two weeks ago My wife had to take me to the emergency room twice in one week at our local hospital where once I was hooked up to the monitor we find out that my blood pressure is high and my heart rate dropped in the low 40s.... not good!
After all the tests, x-rays, stress tests, and a lot of blood work I find out my heart is healthy, but that I am now Type2 diabetic, and I have sleep apnea (OSD) on top of that and I can tell you the two don't mix. Last night I had to have a sleep study done which will help me in treating my sleep disorder, the staff that worked with me was awesome and now I'll have to use continuous positive airway pressure (cpap) every night. I have read online that having sleep apnea can increase your risk of getting diabetes and that by using a cpap you can actually reduce your glucose levels in your blood.
Oh how life hits you all at once and yet throughout all of this the Lord is right there holding me up all the time, oh how wonderful he is!
And in spite of these setbacks I feel totally blessed and thankful that I may have caught this diabetes early. And with a healthful change in my diet, exercise, and getting a good night's sleep I will be able to keep this disease under control.
Praise the Lord!!
I tell you all of this really does help put a real perspective on life, in that we grow old very quickly and life catches up to you when you least expect it. As I scanned the daily news on the Web and I see all problems going on in this world, it is just as the Lord Jesus described would happen in the last days.
I realize how short a time we all have to live on this planet and I thank God that he saved me when he did, as I was heading in the wrong direction just like everyone else who doesn't have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and his promise to never forsake you or leave you is as true as any promise he's ever made.
Just like it was some 30 years ago when I went to my knees at the foot of the cross and cried out for forgiveness... Jesus was right there to grab me and save me from the pits of hell, and all these years later as life's pains start to pile up on my weary shoulders, Jesus is still there just as strong, just as faithful, just as loving and always forgiving when I stumble and turned to him and say I'm sorry Lord, will you help me just like you did so long ago... and his answer is always...
Yes my son!!