28. June 2019 · Write a comment · Categories: Devotionals · Tags:

Have you ever looked back on an event in your life and be thankful you didn’t know just what you would be going through ahead of time? I’m about to share a journey that was just that! What makes my journey so different from yours? You and I may be on a similar path; however each human being reacts differently to the same set of circumstances. Some people rest in a “higher power” to help them through. Others try to deal with life’s blows in their own way and by their own strength.

Personally, I don’t know how people make it through life’s trials without being able to lean on the Lord. In most of my 40 years of salvation, I have had these two verses as my “life’s” verse: Prov. 3:5 and Ps. 121:1-2. These promises from God’s word were on my lips and in my heart each and every morning.

Little did I know that when my husband, John, entered the hospital for outpatient hernia surgery on May 21, 2018, we were actually embarking on a year-long trip of pain, heartache and uncertainty! The hernia surgery was a complete success and was actually the answer to my prayers! But there was much more to follow – things I never bargained for!  John was experiencing so much pain – this surgery brought something different from his previous hernia surgeries. A couple of days later, his abdomen began to swell and he was “backed” up. We attributed this to the surgery and consulted his surgeon. The doctor recommended Dulcolax which worked like a charm; however, from that point on, John continued to experience frequent diarrhea, which never really abated. This was the first hurdle in our journey to the frightening unknown. We would be catapulted into countless days of doctors’ visits and hospital stays! 

We embarked on a virtual roller coaster ride of highs and lows – a ride where I would repeatedly beg the Lord to take me off. Ailments and hurdles would surface over the next year that would test our faith. I’m so thankful we do not know what lies in our future! I’m thankful that we can draw on the Lord’s strength as we need it! I came to see that strength and wisdom were given to me as I drew to His side with each hurdle! My Heavenly Father numbers the very hairs on each of our heads Matthew 10:30 – surely He would know John’s needs (and mine, for that matter) better than me.

This journey has caused me to dig deep into my soul and I began to seek His face even more than before! Each day began with me searching His word – seeking His will – seeking His strength. I began to look at the Lord as my only source of strength! He gave me strength from His word: Psalm 121:1-2 became part of my daily thinking. I thank the Lord daily for His unending grace and mercy!

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