Life is good for me. Retired with time to do what I want to do. Good husband who is my best friend. Children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren to love.
Still, like all of us, difficult times do come.
Right now I am facing health issues. I see the doctor tomorrow to review MRI results and I do not know for sure but it appears surgery may be in my future.
The first thing that often happens when faced with difficult circumstances is to start worrying. Stressing out – trying to figure what is the best thing to do.
Thankfully, God’s Word has always been a source of strength to me and today is no different.
Reading in 2 Chronicles 20 I was reminded of the story of King Jehoshaphat.
Messengers came to him with the news that a vast army of multiple nations was marching against Jerusalem, the capital city. The scripture says that Jehoshaphat was “terrified” by the news.
But I love what he did.
First, he turned to God and asked for guidance.
Second, he called for the people to begin fasting and seeking God.
Last, he led the people assembled at the Temple in Jerusalem in this amazing prayer of faith.
“O LORD God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven….You are powerful and mighty….We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”
He then turned to the people and gave them this message.
“Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
What is really mind-blowing is his next action.
He appointed singers to march before the army that went out to battle. They were to sing praises to God as they led the soldiers.
Can you imagine anything so silly? Can you imagine our president appointing a choir to march into battle before our airplanes, drones and soldiers?
Yet as I have often discovered in my own life, praising God in the middle of problems has often given me victory over my fear, over my despair.
I share that story in this post: The Day I Let My Pain Go!
So as I head into tomorrow and my doctor’s appointment I go realizing I do not know what to do. All I have to do is look back at my battle with cancer and remember that God is with me no matter what. Ultimately, the battle is His. As He was with me then, He is with me now.
My story of His presence in the middle of radiation is shared here: Coincidence or An Act of God?
My prayer today is:
God, I don’t know if this only means physical therapy or if I am facing surgery with weeks/months of recovery. I don’t know if the pain will soon be gone, get better, get worse or last for weeks/months. But this I do know, as You have always been with me, You are with me in this. The battle is yours. I give it to You. All I ask is that You help me to keep my eyes on You.