Published on September 13, 2013, by Rich Johnson in Update.

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.  Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect,  he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him…”  

Hebrews 5:7-9a  NIV


The past three weeks have been some of the most trying times Robin, our family and I have ever been through in our lives.  It’s been a little while since I’ve posted anything simply, because of the emotional roller coaster and busyness we’ve all endured.  I’ve asked the hard questions of our Lord, as I lie sleepless some nights next to Robin who has endured such suffering, my heart nearly explodes watching her go through some of the most horrendous  physical trials.  She has had pain, weakness to the point of not being able to walk unaided, and mental confusion, which tears me apart inside.  This is not my Robin with whom I’ve shared every aspect of my life with for thirty-one and half years.  The mental confusion, I’m sure is due in part to the amount of medications we’ve had to keep her on to bring some relief.  She fights on day to day, as I do, but every day is a new challenge to all of us.  We also just recently made the decision to move to our daughter’s home, where she can care for us more closely.  Heather and Josh have blessed us with opening their home to us, and for that we are eternally grateful.  As I’ve watched Robin suffer, and I’ve come to a place physically in my journey, where I’ve had to basically stop eating even semi-solid foods, I’ve come to a stark realization of the suffering Jesus went through in making His way to the cross of Calvary.  If anyone has ever suffered, Jesus did.  And it was all for one, single purpose…humanity!  The suffering He endured was so much more than anyone ever suffered in this life.  Not only did He battle the physical suffering, but He also had the weight of all sin on His shoulders.  Robin and I cannot and will not ever have to endure this amount of suffering, but why should we suffer less than the “suffering servant”?  But there is some comfort in knowing He understands far more about suffering than we ever will, and He’s touched by the feeling of our infirmities!  He’s a caring and comforting savior!  Thank you Jesus, for carrying us through this valley of physical and emotional suffering.  ”…he learned obedience from what he suffered…”  Suffering is not something we ever want to have to go through or watch others go through, but my prayer now is, “Lord may we be ever so obedient in these trials, and no matter what comes our way, we know you understand and have a perfect plan in our lives until you are ready to call us home.”  


I will try to keep you all updated on our situation, but Robin and I are so very grateful for your prayers and words of encouragement.  I have shed many tears these last few days in seeing Robin go through these trials and having to move from basically everything we ever knew in our home, but your prayers are upholding us in this hour.  We recently had an all day prayer meeting at our home, and the presence of the Lord was so present as people came and went throughout the day.  People were also praying around the country for us during this time.  How do we say, “thank you” for this most important spiritual support and petitions going up before the Lord on our behalf?  It’s all overwhelming.  I would ask, that you continue to pray for strength, peace and comfort in these trials, as we move forward into uncharted territory in our journey.  I am praying for the Lord to extend our lives, so that we may honor Him in telling of His marvelous grace and mercy.  I am crying out for mercy for no other reason, but that we may tell of His saving and healing power.  We have promised our Lord to GO tell as many people as possible in these last days, if He would raise us up from this affliction.  We’ve already planned on buying an RV and telling his story far and wide!  Please pray with us.  


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For Him in Obedience,

Rich and Robin