On December 12, I went in for some routine pre-op. I was going to have a port catheter removed. The nurse discovered I was running a temperature; then she discovered my white blood cell count was high; then the radiologist discovered spots on my lungs. This led to the ER doctor saying, “We are going to check you in tonight.” My response was, “You mean, spend the night?” I spent the next six nights being fed heavy antibiotics in room 605, and, though home now, I am still on intravenous antibiotics. What started with a simple blood sample ended with a month-long treatment for a serious blood infection. This Christmas we gave thanksgiving to God for medical staff and the discovery of this illness. So, my poor health for the past three months is more understood; I am much stronger now.
Over the past eight months I have been on the “With My Last Breath” speaking tour. One of my points is found in Psalm 139:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.
King David of Israel invited God to diagnose any hidden spiritual illness festering in his soul. This is a courageous prayer. This is a suitable prayer to start one’s year. What a wonderful year 2019 would be if the infections of our soul’s blood were exposed! They need to be treated with the blood of Christ. “Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Rev. 1:5).
“O Lord, there are poisons in my soul which are hidden to me. Would you search them out, diagnose them as sin, and wash them out of my life through the blood of Christ, and fill me with your Holy Spirit? I lift up praise and thanksgiving to you.”
Happy New Year!