“I remember last year, around this time, I planted a beautiful flower bed outside my house on the corner of the driveway parking lot. I would put some flowers down and arrange them and step back and look at it with a good feeling that it was ‘good,’” said Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church. He said that and chuckled, saying: “It was almost like how God created the world in the book of Genesis.”
Fuzz was always busy in the community. No, not just working in the community on personal issues for individuals—he was also busy with issues of beautification. On occasion, he would take the opportunity to walk to meetings held at Tennessee State University so that he could “look at the houses, the yards, and potential curb appeal. He also enjoyed the exercise, along with seeing the neighbors that he lived near.
Looking back over the past year, Fuzz said: “I have come to a conclusion. I am a sick man, but there are a lot of people in worse shape than I am.” He noted that not being able to walk to his flower garden is what tells him how ill he is. “I sometimes sit and stare into space because I can’t do nothing that I used to do.” Then on the good days, he thinks he can do more than his body will allow him to do. As he realizes that there are people in worse medical shape than he is, he also realizes that he is unable to do the things he so fondly enjoys, e.g., he simply wants to walk to the mailbox without feeling that he will fall out. Because it is such a short distance, he is amazed how he cannot do it without becoming short of breath and sometimes can only think about doing it.
Rev. Fuzz says that’s how he gauges his progress: “That’s how I know just how sick I am. Being sick like this is just to understand or sympathize with those who are sick in this way. When I am well, I will have a whole new outlook on people who are sick like this, knowing that all the suffering that people go through could’ve been me.”
Right now his thoughts are on making a full recovery as a witness to God’s word. While he greatly appreciates the prayers of each person, he is also in prayer for those folks who are much worse off than he is.
He remembers the people suffering through the holidays, such as the young woman who committed suicide and took her young child with her. He encourages people to visit and pray with others that don’t have anyone.
“Some people don’t have anybody,” said Fuzz. “I have lot of people who come to pray with me and for me and I just want some of those people who don’t have anybody to get that kind of praying.”
Currently, Rev. Fuzz is still under doctor’s care for stage four lung cancer. Fuzz has five daily tasks necessary for his health improvement: bed rest, eating, taking his medications, exercising and prayer/meditations.
You are encouraged to read next week as Rev. Fuzz shares his thoughts about specific prayers. See how he reviews this controversial philosophy: “Doctors will get you well and say you’re healed, while God will let you die to heal you.”
Thank you all for your prayers. Continue to pray for Rev. Fuzz’s health and his healing. Readers are also encouraged to check on him through his Facebook posts under Enoch Fuzz and continue to follow Rev. Fuzz’s journey, ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time’ by reading each week.