On Faith: Catching Twenty-Two

Faith is an interesting process.  As was written in the new testament in the book of Hebrews, faith is: “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” -chapter eleven verse one.

Faith is our unseen tether to something greater than ourselves.  This invisible umbiblical cord seems to especially nourish us when times become hard.

Have you ever heard of  The BK Virus?  It lies dormant in most people and is never a problem due to a strong immune system.  The BK  is found in 1-5% of transplant patients.  In 50% of those patients, the transplanted kidney is lost.  I found out I have developed the BK.

The treatment of the virus is to decrease the immunosuppressant medications and let my immune system squash the virus.  However, that would mean my immune system would also attack the new kidney and my body would reject it.

So here I am on a Wednesday morning catching twenty two.  If my immunosuppressant meds are lowered, I will fight the virus and win, but lose the kidney (my white blood cells don’t know any better than to attack just the virus and leave the kidney alone).  Or do nothing and have a 50% chance of the virus attacking the kidney and I lose the kidney.  Multitudes and multitudes in the valley of decision.

Having gone through the anguish of: dealing with chronic kidney disease, renal failure, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, in and out of the hospital, having a restricted diet, a restricted lifestyle, and the mental and emotional components that accompanied all of those things for 4 1/2 years, I’m not to concerned about The BK.

Problems and adversity seem to strengthen that tether of faith.  There is a 50% chance that The BK won’t cause me to lose my new kidney and I will be fine, so I will focus on that outcome and try and relax.    As my pastor said years ago: “God will save the day.” -Buddy Marston.

When finding myself caught between a rock and a hard place, or catching twenty-two, I’m going to take a deep breath, hold onto that tether to the third option.  That option greater than I.  How about you?  What catch-22 situations have you found yourself in presently or in the past?

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