A Stroll At Leisure With God

Report of the CT Scan and Soils

Dr. Jotte was upbeat when he came in to see us yesterday, “I bet you can’t imagine how the scan went?”

I laughed, “Well, I hope the results are good.”

For the first time in five years, he actually explained the process to us. “We looked at the lesions in a certain area and measure each one to see what has happened. Then, we take the average of those measurements to come up with a figure. We don’t bother with issues in other areas. We just focus on the neck and see what is happening there. The other reason we do this is that it allows for a margin of error if somehow we miscalculate in our measurements. Anyway, the bottom line is that you are doing better. Congratulations.” He stuck out his hand for me to shake it.

Okay. I shook his hand, and along with my mom and sis, we thanked him for his good work.

But I had another question: “Doctor, what about my shoulder?”

He said, “Well, again, I believe that it is just some of the lymph nodes pressing against the “brachial plexus” and causing some pain, but I think this will diminish soon.”

“Brachial plexus” is the term he has been using all along. This time, I was determined to remember it. I searched Google for a definition. It is “
a group of nerves that come from the spinal cord in the neck and travel down the arm. These nerves control the muscles of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, as well as provide feeling in the arm. Some brachial plexus injuries are minor and will completely recover in several weeks. Other injuries are severe enough and could cause some permanent disability in the arm” (from the American Society for the Surgery of the Hand website).

Gulp. I’m hoping that my injury fits in the former category and not the latter. I went on to tell the doctor about the pain on the back of my left hand. He seemed a little concerned, but again, before sending me to a neurologist, he counseled that we wait to see if it gets better.

Okay. Will do.

I am not going to worry about all of that right now. The doc feels that I am doing better. I’m going with it and thanking the Lord.

When I got home yesterday afternoon and on through to this morning, I’m still dealing with some of the side effects like fatigue, stomach problems, and appetite issues, but I seem to be doing a little better. Again, praise God!
Thanks to all of you for your prayers. Please keep them coming. I appreciate it greatly.

In my reading for today, I came to Matthew 13. This chapter chronicles a bit of a transition in Jesus’ public ministry as he moves to using parables to communicate truth. The first parable—the parable of the soils—is a key to understanding the rest of the parables. Jesus indicates as such.

In His explanation to the disciples, here is what Jesus says about two scenarios in the parable: “
The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful”
13:20-22, NASB).

In these two instances, there was some initial “success” when it comes to reception of the Word, but it didn’t last, in either case. On the one hand, the culprit is “affliction or persecution.” On the other hand, it is the “worries of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth.”

As I sit here this morning, I think those of us who are in the American church are vulnerable to both. I believe that the enemy is turning up the heat on all of us through various means whether it is sickness and disease or persecution. We are seeing more and more persecution against believers.

This latest school shooting is a prime example.

The more insidious threat is “worries and wealth.” Unlike many other parts of the world, we as Americans have too much, and we often use our wealth as an excuse not to serve. Recently, I joined with a family to ask that the Lord give them a job. He did. And after that point, they have not returned to church. Go figure.

Lord, thank You for the good report yesterday. I continue to ask that You heal my brachial plexus on the left side. Regardless of what happens with that or how long it takes, I want to continue to be “good soil” that is receptive to the seed of Your word. I pray that same thing for everyone who is reading this blog today. Amen.
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