I announced in my last post (Gone Fishing), that I am taking a short break from blogging due to health issues. As you read that post you most likely assumed that I was cutting back on other areas of my life as an extension of what I was dealing with. This assumption was right except for one thing.
Friday was my Dad’s 90th birthday.
As a surprise my sister arranged for me to preach at their church on Sunday and for the Nothing to Hide worship band, my worship band that includes myself, my wife, two of my sons and my daughter-in-law on stage and my other son on sound, to lead worship. I contemplated canceling on and off for the past three months and seriously considered it this past month simply because my health was worsening but you only get one crack at 90 years old. With every ounce of energy I would practice. With all I had I put together the sermon. I was not going to let my parents, especially my dad, down on this special day.
Things took a turn for the worse on Friday night.
I started a new slow release pain killer on Thursday in hopes that I could sleep through the night instead of getting up to take pills and having trouble falling back to sleep. Sadly Friday night one of the side effects reared its ugly head. People who have seizures, people like me, can have their seizure threshold lowered by this drug and, well, that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t a full blown seizure because the medicine for my epilepsy was able to limit it, but it was bad enough to scare me and my wife who was there for the whole thing. Needless to say I am off that drug!
God is bigger than my health problems.
I lived all of Saturday and Sunday scared of another seizure. Saturday was just practice and running through my sermon so there was a little less worry, but Sunday… who wants to have a seizure at the front of the church on live streaming Facebook? It did not happen. If you want to see what happened, how God used an unhealthy, tired scared man during the sermon portion of the service click on this link: