What Goes Around, Comes Around by Travis Sharpe

I guess the Biblical way to say it is “you reap what you sow”.

Whatever you call it, God has a wonderful way of seeing to it that we are rewarded for what we have done, good or bad.

I saw that principle come to life in a special way a couple of times over the last few days and I thought I would share it with you.

By now, you have probably heard about Eminem and his brother Michael. They are the two young boys that we met early one morning sleeping on the streets of Bacolod City.

Eminem’s food was badly wounded and we scooped him up and rushed him to the emergency room. We spent the next five days in a hospital room with him and his brother. After that, they spent seven days in our home.

We thought they were orphans but we found out that they had a family and, by God’s grace, we were able to reunite them. It has now been one month since they went home. If you missed that story you can read it here.

Over the last month the boys have done well. Michael, the older one, is a challenge for his mother because he likes to wander about. But all in all, they are doing well.

The boys and their family are faithfully attending our church each week. Pastor Ner has taken a special interest in Michael and is doing everything he can to mentor him.

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Michael is to the far left beside Pastor Ner, Eminem is in the front in Spider-man shirt

Michael, his older sister and their mother have all received the Lord as their Savior.

April goes to the hospital

My wife April has been dealing with some serious health issues for quite a while now. She has spent the last three weeks in the bed at home (here in the Philippines) suffering with severe fatigue, weakness, and pain in her chest.

On Wednesday her doctor had her admitted to the hospital in an effort to have tests done and find some answers.

On day two of her hospitalization, she had a couple of special visitors.

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Each week, Pastor Ricky, (the assistant pastor), has a Bible study in the area where Michael and Eminem live. When he went this week, and the boys asked about Tita April, he told them that she was sick and in the hospital.

They couldn’t stand that. They pleaded to be taken to the hospital to see her!

I gotta tell you, it was a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. The moment when Eminem and Michael crawled in the bed with her and hugged her and told her that they loved her was one of the sweetest things I have ever witnessed.

Doubts removed

One month ago we were scared that we might never see them again. I laid awake at night wondering if they would even remember who we were after a few weeks.

April and were so invested in them, but we honestly didn’t know how much all of our efforts it meant to them. They were only 8 and 12.

But when they crawled in that hospital bed with April we both knew that these two boys hadn’t forgotten us.

Evidently the family meals made a difference.

Evidently the constant affirmation and unconditional love made a difference.

Evidently April’s wearisome days and nights in the hospital with Eminem made a difference.

Evidently the gifts and sacrifices of our supporters during that time made a difference.

The diagnosis

It is late Monday afternoon here in Southeast Asia now and the doctors have come up with a diagnosis for April.

It will not been confirmed until we see doctors in the U.S., but they believe she has a neuro-muscular disorder called myasthenia gravis or MGAlthough we don’t like that she has been diagnosed with a disease, we are very thankful that we have some answers now.

It is a manageable condition and they have already started her on a treatment regimen and she is responding very well to it.

The boys came to visit her again yesterday after church and that did her heart good. We would appreciate your continued prayers over her as we learn how to proceed and live with this.

Did I mention

Did I mention that April has struggled with these very same symptoms for a few years now? She has seen several doctors and none of them have given any real answers.

When April first needed a doctor over here, we didn’t know where to turn. But I was preaching at a church as a guest preacher and there was a doctor there who I was introduced to. She and I were both panelist on a discussion panel.

I told her about April’s need and she invited us to her clinic. She has treated April ever since then and has never charged us a dime.

Often, when April has an appointment with her, she will pray over April asking God to bless and heal. God has answered those prayers by giving us answers.

My favorite Bible verse

I have lost track of how many children we have brought to the hospital or the doctor now. I know it is nearing a dozen and we have helped dozens more with minor medical needs. One four year old boy had tuberculosis. His little sister had an infection that was so bad her entire face was swollen and she was unresponsive.

Countless others have been treated for bacterial infections.

In fact, right now, as I write this, I’m on the third floor of the hospital where April is and there is a little 7 month old baby girl on the same floor who is very sick and almost lost her life yesterday due to pneumonia and dehydration.

We (our ministry) are taking care of her medical bills because her family doesn’t have the money.

That brings me to the verse.

He that give the to the poor shall not lack: but he that hide the his eyes shall have many a curse. Proverbs 28:27

 

April’s hospital bills have accumulated and are quite frankly more than we bargained for. But God provided us with a primary physician who is helping us and loves us.

And I’m not worried about the other bills because I know we have been obedient and “given to the poor” to the best of our ability.

God has a way of keeping his promises and he will take care of all these needy children and us.

After all, what goes around, comes around!

Point to ponder

If things were going to “come around” in your life right now, what would those things be? Are you laying up treasure here on earth or in Heaven. I’m not saying that if we do lots of good, everything will be easy and good for us. I think the hospital proves that’s not the case.

But I am saying that we do reap what we sow and there is no better feeling than to lay your head on your pillow each night with confidence that God is in control and he will take care of you.

So, are you trusting and giving? They work hand in hand and you will be blessed along with those who God allows you to be a blessing to.