Please, don't be shocked by what is being discussed here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), today.
Then again, you may be shocked by what you read. Just like I was shocked, with what happened.
Over a week ago, I had phoned a friend and asked him if he would be able to assist me. I needed help lifting things that I wasn't sure I could actually lift. Sorry, but there's no need to go into detail about what was happening.
At the time, he said he thought he could. He also said, he'd confirm it with me.
I truly thought it was nice of him to help me.
Then, last Friday evening, this friend called me. He didn't confirm that he would help me, the next day (last Saturday).
Instead, he told me he couldn't help me. He told me he wasn't feeling well.
During our telephone conversation, he felt badly about not being able to help. I assured him it was okay. And, let him know I would pray for him.
Since I had everything packed up and ready to go, I took off last Saturday.
To my surprise, a sister in the Lord, who had said she'd help me, let me know she couldn't. She was sick.
At first, I thought I would just drive home and forget doing what had been planned. But, after thinking about it, I decided since I was there, I would just try and do what needed to be done, myself.
It wasn't easy.
My whole body (especially my abdomen) was hurting from doing so much lifting. But, God helped me do it.
Arriving home, I took Ibuprofen. A lot of it! And, had to continue doing it for days...
Talk about suffering! The pain I had was unbelievable!
Even so, God helped me. I was grateful He answered my prayer.
To be honest, I pray He will answer my prayer in a positive way, by preventing me from having any further hernia problems. I made up my mind that I would not lift any more things of any weight.
A couple of days ago, on Wednesday, I got a call from my sister in the Lord friend, who at the last minute cancelled assisting me, last Saturday.
She let me know that a friend of ours had died. It turned out to be the fellow who had told me that he would assist me, but cancelled the evening before I needed his help.
How thankful I am that Brian Hancrar was trusting in Jesus. It's for this reason, that I feel I can say, he's with the Lord, now.
Thinking about this, brought to mind Romans 14:7-9, "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living."
We do not live for ourselves. Nor do we die to ourselves.
At least, not if we belong to Christ. If we are the Lord's.
Just as we read here today, whether we live or die, we live or die unto the Lord, because we are the Lord's.
To this end, Christ died and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord, of both the dead and living.
How wonderful is this? To know that if we belong to Him, it matters not if we are dead or alive.
My friend, I will again say, that I am grateful Brian belonged to Christ. For now, he's with Him, and will always be with Him.
What about you?
Do you belong to the Lord? Are you, His?
All that is necessary, is to trust in/believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).
If you haven't already given yourself to the Lord, please... do so, today. Tomorrow may be too late.
Until next time...
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