“Have you considered my servant, Job?” God used Job to challenge Satan. According to the scriptures, Job’s seemingly endless bad news came in a continuous flood. Job was subjected to pain and turmoil with no rest and no peace. But he endured it all—first one thing, then the next, back-to-back.
Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, reported to me that he was in the bed with a virus. “I’m always in the bed,” he said. “It’s a long journey.” Well, we all go to bed and pray to awake each morning. Whenever we lay down to rest, we trust that we will awaken and feel well enough to start anew, even if it is just a nap. While it has been almost a year since Rev. Fuzz began his journey with stage 4 lung cancer, it’s still hard to accept the ‘disease’ of his daily tasks and the fact that he often has to lie down (and stay down) more frequently.
When he was feeling a little bit defeated, the story of Job came to him. Rev. Fuzz expressed his gratitude that people are still supporting him, even while many others with cancer have passed on in a matter of under six months. But he’s still here and feeling like he owes a debt to everyone for their continued support. However, the gratitude is that he continues to do the necessary things needed to give him strength as he works towards healing.
“One of the ‘ups’ during my illness has been the compassionate medical care I’ve received from the Robert Hardy Cancer treatment Center at Metro General Hospital,” said Rev. Fuzz. He did not compare himself to losing everything like Job. He was cognizant of the fact that Job had no doctors of the kind he has now. He expresses being thankful for not having to go through the pains that we read in the scriptures Job had. It seemed unbearable, and Fuzz is thankful and praises God that he has doctors and people taking care of him.
“I was uninsured and General Hospital saved my life-literally,” he said. “And how many others were saved? What value is a life? I’m inspired when I think of the hard work that General Hospital does! Some people don’t get it. But others like Ole South Home builders recently expressed their gratitude by donating money to the hospital.”
Just as our bodies depend on rest and sleep to rejuvenate by lying down and getting up—so are life’s challenges. “There are many more ‘ups’ that defeat the ‘downs,’” Fuzz said. “It’s okay that you have to stay in the bed more often, because you continue to get up and do new things through brand new days every time.”
Continue to pray for Rev. Enoch Fuzz. He is also praying for you. Check on Rev. Fuzz on his Facebook page, where you might find him singing and praising or giving testimony of God’s works—or simply conducting his ministry as a witness for God’s grace. Continue to read his journey each week in ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time.’