Currently, the nation and the world is in a situation that can move towards more of a ‘pre-coronavirus pandemic normal’ by taking vaccines for COVID-19—while continuing to follow the safety precautions of wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands frequently. Following millions of deaths from the contraction of this pandemic, we are now seeking enough injections for individuals to reach ‘herd immunity.’ While it has been over a year since this coronavirus situation began, we now wait on pins and needles for what’s ahead.
Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church, began a different journey a year ago alongside the coronavirus pandemic. He has received a plethora of tests, hospital stays, poking and prodding his body to eliminate pains and discomfort associated with stage 4 lung cancer. He has also been prescribed an abundance of medications to regulate blood pressure, sugar levels, aches, pains, etc. Several months ago, he was prescribed an additional medication to manage his cancer ailments—a newer form of chemo treatment in the form of a pill. It has been quite effective. As a result, he waits on pins and needles for a complete recovery and the elimination of his numerous ailments.
‘Waiting on pins and needles’: Usually, when we hear that phrase it is in regards to an emotion of extreme anxiety causing one to be leery and excited about an outcome. The waiting is almost unbearable. The discomfort of the wait is like that of sitting on the prickly points of pins and needles, and it feels as though you can’t wait to be removed from the ‘prickly’ situation. It is an agitating and eager desire to just learn the outcome. Nevertheless, these things are completely out of our control. So, what can we do? Wait.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding,” Proverbs 3:5. Because we don’t understand and cannot control the actions of other people concerning COVID-19, e.g., people who don’t believe in wearing a mask or taking a vaccination, all that can be done is to just trust the situation and move with the idea of a positive outcome.
As Rev. Fuzz had to administer a shot to himself from one of his prescribed medications, he said: “People use the excuse of being afraid of needles as a reason for refusing to take the vaccine, but what if you had to be the one giving yourself that shot? You talk about pins and needles!” It’s all a pretty ‘sticky’ situation. Yet with no recourse other than to wait, we must also watch and pray.
Pins and needles may be uncomfortable, but prayers can comfort us as we wait.
Please continue to pray for Rev. Fuzz as he waits for his life to return to ‘normal.’ He anxiously awaits mobility, strength, regular breathing and the other physical capabilities he enjoyed before his journey with cancer.
Rev. Fuzz will continue to pray for the “whole wide world” as he is known to say. For himself, he prays to soon be off the ‘pins and needles.’ We can do what it takes to eliminate the coronavirus pandemic just as Rev. Fuzz does what it takes to navigate through his journey with cancer. Also, visit his Facebook site where you will find him sharing his praise in pictures and song. Be sure to continue to follow his weekly journey in ‘Cancer: My Journey in Time.’