Oh My! Another bump in the road. But we've crossed some in the past, haven't we? Yes. But not exactly like this one.
Frances and I went to my Oncologist last Monday the 6th and were surprised to hear him say that the latest CT Scan did not look good. They saw multiple tumors/nodules in the area of my abdomen which look to be "not operable" - and - he was not recommending chemo-therapy as he did in January 2012. It was a shock. We go back again on Monday, the 13th, to discuss which direction we take from here.
Now we have an opportunity to TRUST in the Lord. My brother Lowell reminded me this morning of words written in Hebrews, Chapter 11 - the well-known "faith" passage in our Christian Bible. If I remember correctly after the writer had listed the great heroes of faith, like Noah, Abraham, Daniel, The Hebrew Children, and others who overcame major obstacles to faith and received great deliverances in their lives he then says that "others" had cruel punishment, were cast into dens and caves, suffered greatly and some were sawn in two. Then he concludes the thought with:
Hebrews 11:36-39 (KJV) 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
This is the kind of trust that the three Hebrew children had when they were faced with the fiery furnace in the book of Daniel. Listen to exactly what they said to the king.
Daniel 3:17-18 (KJV) 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
If you are not familiar with it, I recommend you go to Daniel 3 and read this story. I like their attitude. They said, "Our God is ABLE to deliver us." They knew that God was still in charge. Then they added the thought that if God chose NOT to deliver them from the furnace the He would certainly deliver them from the King's hands.
This is where I am with my faith today. God IS ABLE to completely heal this attack. But if He chooses not to deliver me and givc me a few more years, it's o.k.! I'll be in His presence sooner.
I'm Aware that some may find this very strange. However, the Bible says that "With his (Jesus') stripes we are healed." That means I can pray with faith that Jesus will heal me. However - we also know that we humans do not live forever in our present state. The Bible also says, "It is appointed unto man once to die; and after death the judgment." We must rightly divide the Scripture. We cannot take only the parts that please us. We must accept the whole Bible. I choose to put myself into God's hands and not worry over the future.
Oh yes - I have my moments - but I choose to believe we will make it through these road hazards and arrive safely at the end of our journey.
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- Fred Alton
- Cleveland, TN, United States
- I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.