For some people, this is the season of Lent. It began on Ash Wednesday in recognition of God’s people’s sojourn in the wilderness for 40 days and for 40 nights. People observing this season often give up something that is a sacrifice to them. ‘Staying away from it’ this time will last until Easter Sunday. Over the years, the first items that people vow to ‘give up’ include things like sugar, caffeine, drinks, meat, favorite snacks and many other food items. The temptations will be strong. Can you resist?
When visiting Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of the Corinthian Baptist Church, he mentioned that he had not eaten. Then he corrected himself saying “I had some grapes, and I had some nuts.” Well, those sound like snacks, don’t they? Then the conversation got around to how bears eat those things, and bears are extremely large animals, so…hmmmm.
While Rev. Fuzz continues his journey with stage four lung cancer, he has been instructed to do a variety of things. He has made sacrifices and changed his way of doing things in several areas of his life. These sacrifices are a time of waiting and watching. He has focused on prayer in his life and the healing from this intrusion in his body. While it has been well over 40 days and well over 40 nights, he is slowly mending, day-by-day. The cancer pill has been very effective as stated in last week’s journey. It has truly been a miracle. He has greatly improved. There has been a 40% reduction in his cancer. He continues to improve, even while suffering from continued pains.
Rev. Fuzz maintains a healthy appetite. However, it is indeed true that grapes, black walnuts and pecans are good snacks. His favorite snacks are candy and ice cream. It’s odd how the joy in seeing someone’s health improve also gives one great pleasure in allowing them to have any treats they so desire—simply because you’re so pleased to see them faring so much better than before.
Since he is sometimes short of breath, he is still required to use his oxygen at certain times. He is also required to do daily exercises, which he sometimes dismisses. Matthew 4 speaks about how Jesus was tempted by the devil to do things that would give him relief when he was in the wilderness. With each test of temptation, Jesus spoke out loudly and stayed on His task. When things are going well, we must not forget to stay focused on the task. Our experience of ‘40 days in the wilderness’ may last longer than the literal 40 days indicated in the scriptures. You may be tempted to take a day off from exercising, but you still may really need it. Sometimes Rev. Fuzz may be tempted not to utilize the oxygen he has been provided, but it is part of his blessing to have it at his side to assist in natural breathing.
Rev. Fuzz is never tempted to stop the flow of prayers. In the midst of his journey, Rev. Fuzz always has prayerful thoughts for others. A list of names are constantly called out. This week, the name of a good friend stood out. Brian Smith, pastor of Rockland Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky., and his wife have contracted COVID-19. Rev. Smith has been with Rev. Fuzz since his journey with cancer began. He has taken him to every doctor’s visit he has had, with the exception of just a few. Now Rev. Smith is in need of prayers regarding the diagnosis of COVID-19. Rev. Fuzz considers this done without hesitation.
Continue to pray for Rev. Enoch Fuzz, because he is also praying for all of you.
He has a special message for Vice Mayor Schuler: “I need my candy!” Rev. Fuzz’s list includes Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Milky Way, Almond Joy and ice-cream (Gourmet Black Walnut)!
Check on Rev. Fuzz on his Facebook page, where you might find him singing and praising or giving testimony to God’s works. Continue to read about his journey each week in ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time.’