But unfortunately, like I said, I became that man of dust.
The settled dust in houses where owners neglected to clean often enough…if at all. And sawdust from woodworking projects. But worst of all, sheetrock dust.
And I believe the sheetrock dust, in addition to exposure to mold (in those houses that owners neglected to clean properly) proved to be my arch enemy, as far as my overall health.
Yeah, in January of 2018, I woke up one morning with what I thought was a head cold. But a couple of weeks passed, and my “head cold” was still there. Not like me at all. Because I’ve always had a great immune system. And most illnesses, in my life, never lasted long.
But I kept getting up and going to work. Back to those houses filled with dust. And back to those woodworking and sheetrocking projects. And the “head cold” went from weeks to months.
I finally had to break down and admit something more than a “cold” had a hold on me. And Elgielene said if I didn’t go to the doctor and find out what was going on, she’d have to put me out of my (her) misery.
So, I went.
And through steroid prescriptions and rescue inhalers I was able to sort of “control” the breathing issues. But I could tell the root cause wasn’t being addressed. And I eventually went through a sinus surgery to move things around and open sinus areas.
Then, I had to see a pulmonary specialist because the sinus surgery didn’t open my lungs. And the pulmonary guy got me on some strong steroids and it helped clear my lungs much more. But my breathing issues still persist (over 3 years later), even though they’re on a much better level. And I’m hopeful a better solution is in the near future.
But I didn’t share all that with you so I could throw a pity party.
I shared the story because it reminded me of how Paul said a human is a “man of dust.” And I found it ironic how we’re essentially made of dust, but we don’t tolerate dust very well.
And that connects to how there won’t be any of that “dust” in Heaven. Not the normal settled dust you have to clean off your furniture. And none of that dust from dusty humans either.
Because dust is synonymous with corruption. And that dust won’t be tolerated in Heaven. And like Paul said, “this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
And that’s why I consider myself highly blessed, even during these past 3 years of dealing with dusty lungs and sinuses. Because that dust only corrupted my physical health. It didn’t corrupt my heart. Because that was permanently healed when I trusted Jesus to save me.
Yeah, that’s right. I turned a handyman story into heart-healing story.
But that’s how it is when you sprinkle the dust with Living Water.
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