lessons learned from sickness

Reverse Isolation

Lessons Learned from My Sickness Part 27: Reverse Isolation

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I confess there were lots of things that I didn’t like during my hospitalization.

Foremost is the cost. I found out that it’s really very expensive to get sick.

It’s no wonder why many people who need immediate medical attention, just preferred to stay at home and learn to maximize the use of alternative or herbal medicines.

I even read of a joke about a patient who was already healed of his heart ailment and was given the go-signal to be released after his long confinement. But he died of cardiac arrest when he saw his hospital bills!

I certainly hope that it’s really a joke and not a true story.

Next that I dislike is the pain and discomfort related to or resulting from my treatment. But I have come to accept them, since I knew that they were a significant part of my healing.

But there’s still another thing that I didn’t like – no matter how this doctrine was explained to me.

They called this Reverse Isolation.

According to this phenomenon, I can’t accept visitors in my hospital room because they might have colds, cough or flu, and their virus may affect me.

While I understand that this was a valid way of safeguarding my already feeble health, I find it difficult to just accept it.

That is why there were some instances that I struggled against the insistence of people looking after me, to allow people especially those who came from far away places to enter my room and pray for me.

I really sympathized with those people who came from churches that I previously served as pastor. I knew that they came from remote communities.

They traveled long distances, and spent their hard earned money for transportation just to show their love and affection to their former pastor.

In a way I’m grateful that my requests for exemptions such as these were also granted by my guardians.

Isolation is never a good thing for me because I just don’t want to be alone.

Posted on FB: 19 March 2015 – 7:18 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994.

Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.

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lessons learned from sickness

The Indispensability of Pain

Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 2: The Indispensability of Pain

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Too often, we want to avoid pain. We don’t like its sensation. We are simply uncomfortable with it.

But do you know that when Christ described the experience of great joy – he mentioned the pain of childbirth?

According to him in John 16:21, a woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy.

There’s simply no pain greater than childbirth, and no greater joy aside from it either.

I was subjected to many medical procedures that were painful. A chest tube for thoracostomy (CTT) was inserted to my body to drain fluids from my lungs.

For several days I have to carry that tube wherever I go – to the OR, to the x-ray room, to the restroom. I have to bear the discomfort it brings.

But I know that my painful experience is part of my treatment and consequently of my healing. I can’t be healed unless I experience pain.

There’s simply no shortcut or easy way out if I want to be healed.

For that tube was also used for my pleurodesis treatment.

So I learned to value that painful experience.

Instead of complaining, I learned to accept pain as part of my healing.

As they say, no pain – no gain.

Are you suffering any pain? Physical, emotional, relational, etc.?

It’s given to you as an indispensable process of your healing. May God continue to bless you!

Posted on FB: 2 March 2015 – 3:37 PM

Jaro Evangelical Church

About the Author

Rev. Ronny Luces is the Minister for Administration and Community Service of Jaro Evangelical Church (JEC), Iloilo City, Philipines. He and wife, Martha have been with JEC’s ministry since 1994. Pastor Ronny graduated from Central Philippine University College of Theology in 1985 and was pastor of several Baptist churches.

In January 2015, after tests and two long hospital confinements, Pastor Ronny got the word he has lung cancer. He is undergoing chemotherapy.

Praying for healing and going through all the medical processes, Pastor Ronny writes his reflections “Lessons Learned from My Sickness”.

May Pastor Ronny’s series of reflections and meditations strengthen your hope and faith as you go through your own life’s battles. Please pray for Pastor Ronny’s healing.