Update and a little bit of a message
Saturday, March 02, 2013
Back in the 50's there was a well known radio
Host/comedian/song writer in Hollywood named
Stuart Hamblen who was noted for his drinking,
Womanizing, partying, etc.
One of his bigger hits at the time was
"I won't go hunting with you Jake,
But I'll go chasing women."
One day, along came a young preacher holding
A tent revival. Hamblen had him on his radio show
Presumably to poke fun at him.
In order to gather more material for his show,
Hamblen showed up at one of the revival meetings.
Early in the service the preacher announced,
"There is one man in this audience who is a big fake."
There were probably others who thought the same thing,
But Hamblen was convinced that he was the one the preacher
Was talking about (some would call that conviction)
But he was having none of that.
Still the words continued to haunt him until a couple
Of nights later he showed up drunk at the preacher's
Hotel door around 2AM demanding that the preacher
Pray for him!
But the preacher refused, saying, "This is between you and God
And I'm not going to get in the middle of it."
But he did invite Stuart in and they talked until
About 5 AM at which point Stuart dropped to his
Knees and with tears, cried out to God.
But that is not the end of the story.
Stuart quit drinking, quit chasing women,
Quit everything that was 'fun.' Soon he began
To lose favour with the Hollywood crowd.
He was ultimately fired by the radio station when
He refused to accept a beer company as a sponsor.
Hard times were upon him. He tried writing a couple
Of "Christian" songs but the only one that had
Much success was "This Old House",
Written for his friend Rosemary Clooney
As he continued to struggle, a long time friend
Named John took him aside and told him,
"All your troubles started when you 'got religion,'
Was it worth it all?"
Stuart answered simply, "Yes."
Then his friend asked, "You liked your booze so much,
Don't you ever miss it?" And his answer was,
"No." John then said, "I don't understand how
You could give it up so easily."
And Stuart's response was, "It's no big secret.
All things are possible with God."
To this John said, "That's a catchy phrase.
You should write a song about it."
And as they say, "The rest is history."
The song Carl Stuart Hamblenwrote was "It Is No Secret."
"It is no secret what God can do.
What He's done for others, He'll do for you.
With arms wide open, He'll welcome you.
It is no secret, what God can do...."
By the way... The friend was John Wayne.
And the young preacher who refused to pray for Stuart Hamblen?
...That was Billy Graham.
I found this message in my in-box today and felt like it was talking to me. I just had to share it. Maybe others are having a difficult time right now and need encouragement. I know I have been feeling like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders this past week but I also know that God does not give us more to bear than we are capable of so he must feel I am up to the task. I will keep the faith that I am.
This past week has been a real trial - it started last Sat when DH fell from the back of a pickup truck and ended up breaking his heel from the bone on his left foot, he also sprained his right wrist and strained the left wrist and hurt his ribs (possible fracture) and the urgent care doc thought he saw an aneurysm. As if all that wasn't enough to deal with, DH decided he would try out the crutches we used to get him into the bathroom since the wheelchair would not go thru the door and fell in our carport on Tues afternoon. I should have called 911 at that point, but he insisted he was ok. He wasn't!!!! He got his cast on Wed evening and on Thur we finally got the MRA to check for the aneurysm but won't have any answers for certain until early next week! His pain kept getting worse and Fri morning he had a fever so I called his primary dr and they had us come in Fri on the dr's lunch hour since he was booked solid but he insisted on seeing him. He examined him and didn't think his hip was broken but ordered an x-ray to be sure. We went from the office to the imaging center and they did the x-ray and then wasn't happy with what they saw so called the dr who then ordered a cat scan and lo and behold-he has a fracture! So since there were no rooms available at the hospital for a direct admit, he sent us to the ER. My poor DH had to sit in that wheelchair from 11 AM when we went to the dr till 8 PM when he finally got a bed in the ER. All this with a heavy cast on the leg and a broken hip and no food! Thankfully the wait for an actual hospital room wasn't as long-we got into a private room in the ortho wing. Since they expected surgery Sat sometime, he had to be NPO after midnight so luckily the nurse got both of us a turkey sandwich to nosh at 11:30 PM! I had planned to come home but they had a loveseat that made into a bed so I spent the night with him and came home to get a shower this morning and got back just before the docs started coming in! His primary was first and said there was a problem with some of his blood work-so had to call his oncologist to check to see if he felt it was ok to do surgery. He showed up in less than 30 min and went over things with us and gave his blessing. Soon afterwards the surgeon appeared and said he would be his 2nd patient and by 11 he was be whisked down to pre-op. I got to stay with him for about 45 min as they had a problem-he has the cast!!!! Normally they put the leg in a certain position but that wasn't possible for DH. At 1 the nurse came into the surgery waiting room and told me they were still trying to figure something out and a little after 2 the surgeon came in to tell me all went well and he had put in 3 pins. Recovery is not going to be easy with all of the other issues-if his wrists get better then things will get a lot easier because then he will be able to use a walker but until that happens, he is going to be confined to a wheelchair. We have 3 steps in either way you enter the house so.....I have to call for help to get him in and out. I am thankful so many of the men in our community are willing to come and get him in and out for me. We are going to see if we can do a ramp but not sure one will work.
As the song goes, It is no secret what God can do, so I am just going to put my trust in him that everything is going to work out and I will have the strength and patienceI need during the coming weeks.