Active In God's Work

“But I need my inhaler now, Ma’am or else I wouldn’t be able to breathe,” complained a middle-aged male inmate in front of me. I had discovered that he was just given an inhaler only a few days ago and he was complaining that it was already out. I put my stethoscope over his lung fields. No wheezing. I checked his oxygen saturation:98% which was great! I knew he was using the inhaler to give him the “fix” that he needed. He liked the “high” that came from it that mimicked the drugs he used outside the prison.

I gave him 2 puffs. But he didn’t expect that I was going to take away the inhaler from him.

“I’m sorry, Sir. You’re not allowed to keep this at this time as you have been over-using the inhaler they gave you a few days ago. Nurses have to bring this to your unit. If you’re having trouble breathing, you can always alert your unit’s deputy so we can evaluate you every time.

He didn’t say anything. He accepted what was told. He thanked me for seeing him and giving him 2 puffs of the same inhaler for his asthma.

One minute later, the medical secretary advised me that one inmate wanted to come down to the Infirmary for complaints of asthma, too.

“Just send him down.”

“You’re too nice, Rcubes. I didn’t know, he’s here already. He’s that one waiting. He looks okay.”

“That’s okay. I’d rather see them in person and treat them depending on what I'll find out than to deny their requests without first seeing them,” I replied with a smile.

This other inmate was not having any shortness of breath. But I heard audible expiratory wheezes. He definitely could use one inhaler. So, I gave him one to keep. He didn't have any prior record of being given one. He was grateful to have it.

That's how it is at my work. You don't know what to expect. Some inmates are lying or faking their emergencies. Yet, some asymptomatic ones truly need help.

And that’s my prayer. That I will not miss that chance of being His instrument. That I will not be idle and fall asleep while working on duty. Under Him. I [We are] am serving an active God, so I must not lag in doing things for Him...[Glory be to You, Oh Lord!]

"Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." ~ John 6:27

"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." ~ Romans 12:11

"But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry." ~ 2 Timothy 4:5
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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 himself and ended up injuring his attacker severely.

[Source: NLT 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].