We live in the same community we grew up in as children. My elementary school was less than a block away. My best friend lived 3 doors down from the school.
We rode bikes, played Jenny and Barbie dolls, had tea in the twin’s playhouse, jumped rope, and even made scrapbooks about Elvis.
As we entered our high school years the bikes became cars, we “dolled” ourselves up, snuck “tea”, danced rather than jumped, and signed each other’s yearbooks.
We attended our friends’ weddings or stood as their maid of honor or best man. We entered our adult lives with excitement and thought little of what 60 would look like.
Now that most of our friends are in their 60s some of us are driving a walker, “dolled” up may entail a hospital gown, sipping on Ensure has replaced “tea”, we may not be dancing the fox trot but trots may be part of the equation, and signing get well cards or checks to the doctor may be part of our day.
Now not all of us are facing health issues, but many of our dear friends are…and some are dealing with very serious surgeries and treatments.
As my mom used to say, getting old is not for sissies. So true.
6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (MSG)
If your life journey takes you into a hospital room, doctor’s office or some other medical venue know that God is “striding ahead of you.” Picture Him having prepared that place for you, a place to heal.
Know that He will be “right there with you” as you go through this new challenge in your life.
And that “He will NOT let you down nor will He leave you.”
“6 In my distress [when seemingly closed in] I called upon the Lord and cried to my God; He heard my voice out of His temple (heavenly dwelling place), and my cry came before Him, into His [very] ears.” Psalm 18:6 (AMP)
In your times of real distress over your circumstance, NEVER EVER feel guilty about the tears you shed. The Bible is full of tears.
Did you know that the chemical makeup of our tears varies depending on why we are crying…an onion, laughing, sad…each one has its own unique chemical makeup. Click here for more information on tears…even under a microscope they look different!
When we are sad our brain sends hormones to our eyes resulting in tears…a “good cry” is a “good thing”. READ MORE HERE.
“O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them.” Psalm 40:5 (NLT)
Tonight as I type this post my eyes fill with tears…and my heart fills with prayer. One of our dear friends, Steve, is facing surgery this week. My prayer is that his burden is made lighter through the prayers from his family and friends and that he places his faith on the ROCK – CHRIST.
May God go before you, Steve, giving wisdom to your surgeon and clinical staff and providing you with His comfort as you heal.
This, my dear readers, is also my prayer for each of you as you face whatever hurdles life brings you.
Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author.
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