Stay Alert My Friend


Praise God, the past 48 hours has not been terrible considering how I normally feel. I’ve actually felt somewhat normal for over a day. My spinal cord stimulator has been working well in tandem with my medications. However, we all know that things can change quickly. They abruptly did this afternoon.

At first, I just started hurting and feeling nauseous as I’m accustomed to feeling. Fortunately, I did realize quickly I was 2 1/2 hours late taking my nerve pain meds. That’s despite having 4 daily alarms set. Then, I had to drive 20 miles to pick up a Fed Ex delivered check covering 4 week’s of money our family desperately needed. After I picked up the check I headed to my bank drive through as it would soon be closed.

The moment I put the check in the drop box a strong wind picked it up and blew it all the way out to the road. Already hurting badly all I could do was shake my head. It took all I could do to get out the van and reach down to get a check that kept trying to fly away.

Then, on the way back home I realized something was going on with our best family vehicle. It kept jumping and jumping. I’ve set up a noon appointment to get it checked out by the dealership we bought it from brand new. It’s only 5,000 miles away from no longer being covered under its 100,000 mile warranty. So, now we’ve got the main family van sidelined and we are still waiting for my other vehicle to have its engine replaced.

Next, we jumped into another vehicle my brother was gracious enough to lend me. This made it where Aimee could take me to the YMCA as planned. My body desperately needed the exercise as it’s been spazzing all over lately. As we were headed for my water therapy I became car sick as the air conditioning doesn’t work. However, I was determined to get there.

Now, I’m finally back from the YMCA and in the tub for the evening. Swimming those laps really did a lot to help with my muscle spasms. But, man oh man what it took just to get there. The devil has been looking for every crack he can find. He’s been all up in my personal space. I’ve learned that I’ve got to stay alert because he is always looking for a window to take me down.

“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8


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