One reason medical testing is so fearful and we so often put it off is because we know the results of such tests may change the course of our lives.
Fred had the same routine screening I had last week. For readers who have kept up with the continuing saga of the dental appliance Fred swallowed months ago, here is the update. The doctor thinks he found it. The problem is that it cannot be removed except by surgery. The situation needs immediate attention and Fred is seeing a surgeon this week.
I was seeking the Lord with many tears and petitions this morning. God has provided so bountifully the past few months. Fred is working again and I've never seen him enjoy his work so much. My husband is back! Now this.
I read a passage from Charles Spurgeon's writings today. It was about God strengthening us and getting us ready for the coming tasks. The past few months God has given to us all we need so we can pay our bills, set our home in order, eat well and get strong--physically and spiritually. We are ready for what's coming. Instead of despair, I will look for God's hand. He won't leave us to flounder but he will go with us. Accidents happen, illness comes. It's the human condition. Why should we be surprised? Rather I am thankful that the past few months God has been preparing us. Now it is time to do battle.
Is it any coincidence that I just finished a study in the book of I Peter? The theme is persevering in faith through hard times. God's words are for Fred, for me, and for all of you going through difficult times.
"Prepare your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
"For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you might follow in his steps."
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed."
"Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good."
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."