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November 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Knowledge Without Wisdom is Useless...Part 1


I have mentioned I have had a major setback. I have shared some detail. In the interest of being totally honest, which I said I would at the beginning of this endeavor, I feel I must share the good and bad. This is hard and new to me because I am used to keeping certain parts of my life very private. I am trying to talk about things I have never talked about in the interest of sharing how hard growth and change can be.

I have pressure sores on each of my heals. They came, not from surgery, but from spending a week in bed from a bad anesthesia experience flat on my back. It could be serious. I am hoping it is not. But I can’t do any walking until they are healed.

Fortunately, my knee feels fine. I think I would be walking close to normal if this hadn’t happened. My 42 staples should come out tomorrow. I am overwhelmed by advice and opinions from different professionals. My wife saw a lot online when she looked. But I have an edge.

This happened back in 1989. I was not taken care of back then and developed a huge pressure sore on my left foot. It took 5 or 6 months to heal. I know what worked and what didn’t. Disappointed…yes. mad….yes…blame; it’s not helpful right now.

Is God Sovereign or is He not? Is He with me or is He not? He is still here...He loves me...I am never alone. I got through it in ’89…I’ll get through it this time. I am so fortunate to have the filter of experience to listen to the medical people. I know bad ideas when I hear them. I can be active in my treatment. I am not panicking. I have a group I can depend on to pray and to serve. It is so much more than I had back then. Did I mention change and growth was messy?

Things can go awry when we seek to grow with God. Satan wants to get us sidetracked. Politics, philosophical issues, doctrinal issues,  all seek to divide, to convince. Right now we are a world of extremes. Provocative wins the day. We want to be seen a certain way. In my next post, I am going to share what I think is most important.  Sitting for days and most likely for days to come, I have been able to reflect and pray and think. Will you listen? Not hear, but listen? It’s a great story!

I am focused on this Scripture right now...

Romans 1:18-23 (ESV)
18  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
19  For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
20  For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
21  For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22  Claiming to be wise, they became fools…
23  and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

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