The Warning



Every deputy. Every medical staff. Knew him. Yes…One of our worst manipulative diabetic who was always upset with his treatment. Knowing what to do when he wanted to make those unnecessary trips to the county’s ER. Only to refuse the doctor’s treatment as soon as he got there. 

“I don’t want to stay there. Are you going to give me my bedtime insulin?”

The deputies, growing tired of hearing his whining wanted him to just shut up and I could feel the heavy air. Of annoyance married with hidden anger. Steadily growing as this particular inmate wanted to show that he was unstoppable. And that he knew he didn’t belong in the prison. He didn’t deserve it. Despite the crimes he committed.

“You’re asking me?” I uttered back as an answer to his question.

“If you know you refused your insulin in the evening and then you ate your dinner and the bedtime snack after, you know your sugar is sky rocket high right now. The nurse wants to give your bedtime dose anyway except we needed to consult the doctor and he wanted to see you for your very high sugar level. That was the only reason why they needed to take you to ER. Do you think it was necessary?”

“I know whatever they’ll do will mess me up. Just give me my insulin. You’re gonna’ give it, right?”

“Here…”

I handed him a couple of syringes that had the amount of two types of insulin he needed.

“Thank you…” he uttered. Feeling confident he won again. That he could control his diabetes. The way he wanted it managed. By himself.

He got up and lifted the chain a bit that was wrapped around his waist as he put his cuffed hands together. Smiling at the 2 deputies escorting him, he slowly took a step as his tan sandals make its way toward the metal door.

“By the way…” I hollered…

“No one is messing you up. You’re the one messing yourself up…You know that your treatment is available. But you never comply…Not until you have faith in what the medical staff does to help you, of course, everything is going to mess you up!” I warned.

The deputies smiled at me. He didn’t look back. Amazing that the retort I was expecting from his smart mouth didn’t happen. I knew…I would see him again…Not until he believed in the care being given by medical staff, he would remain doubting… He always demanded…When everything was already graciously provided. 

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Thomas…The Doubter… Who didn’t believe with Jesus’ coming back to life. Wanted proof. And Jesus allowed him. He didn’t leave him in his state of unbelief. The wounds Thomas touched did not only prove Jesus’ return to life but ended up touching his unbelief…That he exclaimed…


“My Lord and my God…” (John 20:28)


And there is a warning given to all… That if one is faithless…then he is Christless…graceless…hopeless…joyless… But what hope awaits for those who believe and trust in Jesus…


Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." – John 20:29



My God, You are the unchanging love                                      
My God, Your heart sends hope from above
The Great Creator, Beautiful Savior
I've been redeemed
There is life now from Your victory
You are my God (You are my God) – (Chorus, “My God” by Jeremy Camp)




5 comments:

  1. Like the deputies... I am smiling too. Once again I am impressed how you turn your experience towards God.

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  2. That manipulative diabetic really reminded me of MIL but I lived with her with my children for years. It is good you still told them the truth they needed to hear in front of others, which will probably be encouraged and influenced by you. Have a blessed weekend.

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  3. The wounds of Christ 'touched' Thomas' unbelief. Powerful!
    "if one is faithless…then he is Christless…graceless…hopeless…joyless…" TRUE
    Thank God...I have met the Redeemer. When I take communion, I try to picture His woundedness;
    His pierced side and blood stained body....I try to picture His struggle to carry His own cross...
    while being mocked and spat upon. I want to remember what He did then - for me...and all He's has done since -
    for me....to get me where I need to be. I now take communion everyday first thing in the morning....
    that I might be reminded of His enduring love and care for me ...personally....surrendering to the healing that
    is already mine...through Christ Jesus. Surrendering my will to His. His ways above mine. In His strength...not mine.

    Thanks again, for being His witness. His mouthpiece. His warning. His love with skin on
    praying for you, dear one
    patrina <")>><

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  4. Beautiful post, though I get to read this only now, the message is powerful and timeless truths are proclaimed. The wounds of Jesus touched the unbelief of Thomas... Your firm attitude toward that inmate must have given him a strong message. Continue to be blessed in what you are doing, dear Rosel.

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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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