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“All that won’t kill you will make you PHAAT”

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

“All that won’t kill you will make you PHAAT”

“Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]; Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. Do not quench (suppress or subdue) the [Holy] Spirit.”     1 Thessalonians 5:17-19 (AMP)

By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

I was talking to a very close friend who is in the hospital going through something that would rock the foundation of a non believer in Jesus Christ.

What intrigued me about our conversations is that his condition or circumstances did not bring him any disappointments.

Listening to him give explanation to his situation gave me the impression that his ordeal has imparted some relief and comfort to his position in this life.

He is emerging from some discomfort and annoyance in his physical being to be at ease in his spirit and his mind is on the same accord, even though there is a long road to recovery.

He is at a point of understanding and long-suffering to what he has been going through, beginning with his earlier trials and predicaments.

I felt weird and wonderful at the same time because I was witnessing what so many people profess; but now I am experiencing it from someone that I know.

I considered and brought to the forefront of my thoughts one of grandma’s old expressions, “all that won’t kill you will make you fat”.

“Will make you fat” rang in my head.

When that phrase was used it usually was associated with something to eat. Now I was toying with the ideal of food, a nourishment, a substance to make you grow with my friend’s condition.

Then it hit me like George Foreman hit Joe Frazier. Foreman hit Smokin’ Joe in the top of his head so hard that Joe pushed into the canvas, causing it to react like a trampoline popping Joe Frazier up in the air like a cork out of a champagne bottle.

As I was listening to my friend while he was wrestling and examining  his condition and his coming to grips with it, made me look at the word ‘fat’ in grandma’s old saying very differently; I even changed the spelling of fat to PHAAT; Pray Harder At All Times – PHAAT!

As we contemplated, my friend and I shared many of the known sayings about the comfort of God such as: “ (If God brings you to it, He can take you through it; The Lord is not going to put anything on you that you can’t bear and You can’t have a testimony without a test.)”

One thing that my friend said to me that really stood out more than anything else was this, “If God does not do any-thing for me from this point on, He has already done enough.”

Yes, what I’m learning from my friend is supplementing what I am reading from the Word of God.

The essence of what God does is that He is everywhere all the time at the same time. He is already there before it was. He shows us that no matter what we’re going through He has already planned it and He knows the outcome. It does not matter about the situation, predicament, health condition; no matter what, God has already orchestrated the outcome of it and all we have to do is ride it out and go through it.

What my friend and I realize is that, “All that won’t kill us will make us PHAAT; Pray Harder At All Times and with our PHAAT[ness] we are comfortable in all our infirmities.

“Dear God, cause us to remember that no matter what we are going through You are already there in the midst of it all, waiting for us to extend our hand so You can take hold of and carry us through. Amen”Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

     God is everywhere waiting on us to safely bring us to Him.



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