Today my pastor's lesson was on the Lord's Supper. He spoke on the importance of eating in the bible, and how the Lord used meals as a time to teach us more about Him and bring us together and learn more about each other. One meal in the bible that really had new light shed on it was the Passover. I have heard about the Passover feast many times on my almost 44 years, but I had never realized that the Passover itself was God revealing what he was going to do for us in Jesus. The blood of the Lamb without blemish (Jesus) was spread over the door post (Cross) to keep those inside from suffering from death. Wow! What an amazing foreshadowing of what was to come for all of us. God is amazing in using everything in His book to point to Himself and to also show us that He loves us.
The funny thing was that Pastor Dean asked us to think of the best meal we have ever had. Most would think of the famous restaurant they have ate at...or the most expensive. Funny thing was that what popped into my mind wasn't any of those. It was a meal that I had with my community group at Sir Pizza in Randleman when we had pretty much everyone there. I remember standing at one end of the room we were in and looking at everyone interact. It was a surreal feeling, like I wasn't there and watching everyone talk to each other. But, I was there of course and enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, this past Thursday, I ate Thanksgiving with my family and parents and was a great time, but my favorite meal so far in life was eating pizza with the rest of my family at Sir Pizza.
Monday, November 19, 2012
It has been a few weeks since I have wrote anything in the blog so I thought I would share a few things that have happened. Just to back track, I went for my latest 2 month check up and found that the tumor had slightly grown. Also, they were concerned about an area inside the tumor enough to where they wanted me to start Chemotherapy. As soon as the doctor told me this, I said I did not want to do that. She asked me why and I said that I had already set out a timeline in which this didn’t fall into. In my mind I did not think I would start any kind of treatment for another 4-5 years. So for her to tell me that I needed to do this now, well, was unacceptable. It took 45 minutes of arguing with her before she convinced me that I needed to start it now. As of this Wednesday, I will have been on it for one month. So far I have not had any bad side effects from the treatment. The treatment is actually in Pill form and I take it every night before going to bed. I will have to do this a year total.
There have been some good and bad things that have happened because of this. The bad…..I now spend $500.00 a month out of pocket for the Chemo medicine and the other medicines that I have been taking. This is exactly $500.00 more than I have a month extra to spend. But God has already started to show me that He will provide for me. A few weeks ago a friend of mine called to talk because we don’t get to talk often and to see how I was doing. We talked for a while when he asked what could he do to help me. I told him that I was ok and there was really nothing he could help me with. We started talking about other things and he asked again what he could do to help me. I said everything is fine except the amount of money that I have to pay out of pocket for the medicine. He told me he wanted to help me with that and two days later he deposited money in my bank account that equaled two months cost of medicine…..God is so awesome. Another time a few days later I went to blow the leaves off of my lawn. Already my riding mower and push mower had stopped working around August or September. Now my blower would not start. I posted on a group I started on facebook called “Buy Local” wanting to know if anyone knew of a good local lawn care company that could come out and remove leaves and mow the grass one more time. The next day, my wife texted me and said a guy just knocked on the door and asked if this was the Elmore’s house. Kara said yes and he said he was sent over to get my leaves up. He did a great job and it took a little while to find out how he got there…a guy who I had not met, but was going to my church, found out that I needed lawn care service and sent his guy over to do it and paid for it. I still have yet to meet him in person, but this was just another way God showed me that He is going to take care of me and my family.
I don’t like to be the recipient of things like this, because I have always believed in paying my own way. It is hard to accept….it feels like I am letting my family down. However, God is showing me how he takes care of his Children. As we have talked about at our church this weekend and in our building program we are currently going through, God doesn’t need our money to work, and besides that it is all his money anyway. My family is going to follow Him in faith in our church’s building program…even though we know we do not have the money that we have committed to give to the program; we know that He will provide it to us just as He has over the last few weeks. So if you are having problems with your finances, give it to the Lord with your whole heart and watch what He does. It may not always be easy but as long as you are doing it for His glory, in the long run it will be better.