I have a friend, I’ll call J. I’ve known J about 10 years. In that time he’s grown in the prophetic considerably and has demonstrated repeatedly he is a powerful prayer warrior, purposeful man of God and walks as a son daily. In his life, J has also been in accidents and surgeries. Early in adulthood, his arm was crushed in work accident and morphine was not able to control the pain throughout the reconstruction process. It was then discovered J’s body chemistry is one that opioids do not reduce the felt pain.

Through other hospital stays and visiting family and friends J has found one area of his ministry is with medical workers and those in the hospital. He reaches them by being continually thankful to God for all that He has done in and through J and bring Him praise for His Glory. I’ve experienced it too; spending time with J will help you to praise God.

J was recently diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia. When triggered it results in episodes of severe, sudden, shock like pain in the left side of his face that lasts for seconds to a several minutes, (the sensation covers some or all of: cheek, teeth, gums, lips, tongue, nose, sinus, even the surface of the eye…). It can take hours for the pain to subside.

No pain management drugs are effective and yet, J continues to be thankful. J has recognized he now has access to a whole new line of people. Many of these people are pain management specialists with detailed understanding of his condition but don’t understand his ability to be thankful to God and sing His praises while enduring the levels of incapacitating pain they know this condition brings day-in day-out. As a result, he is able to witness to them.

J has prophesied over people and edified and encouraged the body for years with increasing insight and clarity. He’s prayed for healing for others and has seen successes. He’s been prayed for by others that have also seen successes and yet he is not healed. And still he is thankful.

Sitting with J for a while a couple of weeks ago (the first time since his diagnosis) was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever had. It was also one of those times I can point to and say, my life-lens was adjusted and focused ~away~ from me.

It is so, not. about. me.

I now ask, what has God provided or allowed that grants me access to bring Him Glory?

Am I prepared or preparing to take that opportunity, regardless the cost and tell someone about Jesus?

Consider:

Luke 9:23 (NASB) – And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

Matthew 21:44a (NASB) – And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces”

Can I take up my cross to follow Jesus?

Will I fall on Jesus, be broken and die to myself?

I’m choosing that I can.

I’m submitting to Him that I will.