As a new year begins, I would like to wish every reader all true happiness, which is the same thing as true blessedness from God. I am very grateful to every reader and every commenter during 2012, a year I did not expect to see. The Lord bless you all.
I do not usually say very much about my health in these posts, but I feel this would be an appropriate point to do so. I am experiencing fluid retention in my abdominal cavity, or ascites, which is a sure sign that my liver is in trouble. In fact, this is a sign that my liver cancer is reaching its final stage, though how long this stage will be, only the Lord knows. This condition is one form of what used to be called dropsy. The man 'with the dropsy' (hydropikos) in Luke 14:1-6 had some form of fluid retention. But the Lord healed him.
You might find this hard to believe, but I felt quite excited to be brought so close to a real biblical situation. To have a true, old-fashioned biblical ailment seemed to bring me nearer to the Lord, who knows all about healing the dropsy, and every other condition. However, I do not believe he intends to heal me, but is rather saying to me, in effect, 'Bear it a little longer. Then I will take you home.'
I also noticed that the Lord unflatteringly compares the man with the dropsy to the ass or ox which even the lawyers and Pharisees would have pulled out of a pit on the sabbath day. This, too, is appropriate. I feel that I am like a stubborn ox or ass whom the Lord has had to pull so often out of a pit, or pitfall, that I should have been aware of. How amazingly patient he is! How stupidly sinful I am!
Another point I wanted to mention is that I have been aiming at completing 500 blog posts, before laying down my pen. I am quite close to reaching this total. In fact, if spared and able to write, I will reach it the week after next. However, I realize the Lord may have other plans, and I gladly bow to his will. The Lord knows what he will do, and I don't need to worry about it.
The Lord give all readers a most blessed New Year!