You Won't Terrify Me!



"Come here, Rosel, " one nurse co-worker grabbed my attention. She was seeing a young man whose left foot was all red on the sole and around the ankle.


Sitting on the beige plastic chairs, he crossed over his left leg over the right, to prevent his left foot from touching the floor. He would grimace in pain every time. A visible wound on the back of the ankle was swollen and all around it and on the sole of that foot was very red. The infection must have been there prior to his arrest as he was just booked that same day he requested to be seen by the medical staff.


"What's the perfect diagnosis for this? " asked my co-worker. Ignoring her question, I started delving more to what had caused that massive infected wound.


"Where did that wound come from, Sir?", I asked.


Man: "I don't know. If I knew, I would tell you!" [speaking in an angry tone of voice and he gave me that look like I just asked him a stupid question].


Keeping my patience and calmness despite the disrectful behavior given to me, I asked further, "Sir, I noticed that you also have a lot of scratches on your left calf and shin, did you hit something or have you gotten into some kind of accident?"


Man: gave me another nasty, "trying to scare me" kind of stare, "Didn't I just tell you that I don't know? Well, wait! Yeah, I ran and hid into some bushes and killed two people. I got out and got these scratches to kill some more. Like that answer?"


That was the time when the deputy who was tall and a big guy stepped in, in front of that inmate's face, angry himself about the display of a rude behavior to medical staff. The deputy waited for me to finish when I answered that inmate, still in a gentle tone of voice, I said,


"Sir, if you think you can scare me with the way you responded with my question, you're wrong. I don't want to tell you what can happen if you're very disrespectful to any staff here because you will definitely tremble. I've been trying to ask you a lot of what seem to be stupid with you kind of questions, but to us, medical staff, your answers would truly help us in evaluating your infected left foot accurately and so, we can treat it with the best option to stop this infection. If you don't want to help me out, that's fine. But if you end up losing your left foot, don't blame us."


We are not here to find out why you're incarcerated. We are here to address any medical problems. I don't know what you've gone through, but one thing is for sure, we didn't cause any of your troubles."


As soon as I finished speaking, the deputy started yelling at the inmate who tried to fight with the deputy. When he looked back at me, this time, he was the one who looked afraid and embarassed. He couldn't look me straight in the eye. He started cooperating with my co-worker who was initially seeing him.


"Cellulitis! It's cellulitis!," I told my co-worker. "Just have our doctor see him when he comes in a few hours so he can give this man some antibiotics."


The man said "thank you" to my co-worker. He passed by the door and saw me in front of the computer. I was finishing a doctor's order. He bowed his head down and started walking away, limping a bit and still grimacing whenever his left foot touched the floor.


He knew that he didn't terrify me at all! But he left with a different attitude, one that was more submissive to authority.


He knew I have the big deputy to protect me. But what he didn't know, I have a "Protector" Who is there with me all the time. That was the reason why he would not terrify me!



1 Peter 5:8 -"Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."

Psalm 3:3 -"But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head."

Romans 8:31 -"If God is for us, who can be against us?"

Ephesians 6:10-17 -"Finally, let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. Put on all the armor that God gives, so you can defend yourself against the devil's tricks. We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world. So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm. Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God's justice protect you like armor. Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet. Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let God's saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God's message that comes from the Spirit. "

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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