Last July while trudging back up the slight hill from the mailbox to our home I noticed that my right foot was dropping and not functioning properly. This incapacity continued to worsen and started to spread upward through my leg to the point where I was limping every day and everywhere I went. Then over Christmas it jumped into my arms and hands resulting in severe weakness and constant trembling and muscle twitching over all my body. Also during this period I was losing significant weight, not from dieting, but from the atrophying of muscle mass—about 60 pounds to date.
“What is going on?” I continuously asked myself. But in God, I have total confidence. He has a plan no matter how it appears to us. It is always perfect for His purposes. Now I am awaiting a diagnosis which, hopefully, will result in a treatment regimen to reverse or at least slow down this degenerative disease process. Although I am in the midst of a stormy situation, I reside on an island of peace with my Lord Almighty each day and He calms my heart.
During these difficult months God has been leading me, giving me the necessary perseverance and determination to complete my teaching responsibilities at the end of May. Now I have no recourse but to retire with disability. At the same time He has bestowed upon me His definitive desire for what He wants me to do next. And it all begins with the Beatitudes. As I have stated repeatedly, “The Beatitudes bring us closer to Jesus,” In my increased intimacy with My Savior and Lord, He has placed a specific sensitivity to His inspiration toward the “next step”.
We are all very familiar with Jesus, His life, His purpose, and the Scriptures revealing His diverse ministry on Earth. But at the same time He is mostly observed as a New Testament figure who lived on Earth 2,000 years ago. “I want people to see what my daily life was like on Earth,” He has constantly said to me. “so that they can identify with me even more, understand my daily dilemmas and the desires of my heart. I want to be more ‘personal’ to every person.”
His stated desire on my heart has opened the next chapter in my life, regardless of my health situation—to write a book about His life on Earth. It begins with the Creation Story, then continues with God’s preparations on Earth for Jesus, His coming and ministry, and dynamic interaction with humanity.
My pleasure will be to share excerpts from each chapter with you. Currently I am developing Chapter 5—His Coming to Earth. Now I realize that such a book, could be controversial to some, but my basis of writing will be exclusively from the Scriptures and with the sole purpose of making the message of the Good News and Jesus’ purpose on Earth even clearer to people who have never captured his salvation message.
Please pray with me and for me in this writing process and in just a few days I will begin to share with you portions of what is already written thus far. My goal is to finish the book by the end of July. Your comments, suggestions, and feedback will be much appreciated and very meaningful for me.