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In the Shadow of His Ways – 2

(2:30 minute read)

Today was biopsy day.

But I want to talk about yesterday first… because it was awesome. Rather than dreading what was coming in the next 24 hours, God gave us joy for the day, wisdom to stay present in the moment, and grace to rest and revel in Him and His goodness.

In fact, after going to bed last night Mike and I talked well into the early hours of the morning about God’s majesty and sovereignty, about faith and trust, about the power of Scripture and prayer. And about how comforting it is to know Him and belong to Him.

And then a really special thing happened this morning. I got two texts within 10 minutes of each other – one from our son and one from my first cousin – each sharing a devotional from separate sources with the heading, “Jesus is praying for you.”

What are the odds? Two different contacts from two separate sources with the exact same message!

And I hadn’t even considered that truth in this context. At all. So the Lord was making sure I didn’t miss it!

Such a powerful reminder that Jesus is always for us and continually prays for us and mediates on our behalf.

Let me just say that again so we don’t miss it: Jesus prays for us. And we know for certain God hears Him.

A bit later our daughter dropped by for a short visit and to leave a basketful of dinners that will last at least a week. And our son had already told us he’d meet us at the clinic, just to be with us. (Both our kids are dears and so supportive in so many ways.)

Now you’d think with all these nurturing and thoughtful reminders of how much you’re loved and prayed for that you’d be in a really great place.

But I wasn’t. I’d been struggling a bit all morning, unable to shake the undercurrent of nervousness and worry.

So about an hour before we left for the appointment, Mike and I read an excerpt from our course on anxiety that deals with prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving from Philippians 4:6-7… and although I knew he’d been praying for me that morning, I asked him if he’d pray out loud for me. And that fixed it. I was good to go after that.

One more really great thing happened that I want to share…

A mom and her 27 year-old daughter were also in the waiting area along with us. They were there for a procedure her daughter had to have. And it was clear Mom was worried. Once her daughter had gone back, Mike asked her if she wanted to come sit with us, and she did. So he and our son got a chance to encourage and support her while waiting for me.

The biopsy was a bit painful, and I’m sore of course. But we’re glad we’re beyond that step. Results should be available next Monday. So I’ll post again after that.

In the meantime, I’d like to share another passage of Scripture with you, for I know by experience already that when we can simply believe what God tells us in His Word, we find the joy, strength, and peace we need in the storm. This is our lifeline.

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord, he alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease…

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday…

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation. (Psalm 91, NLT)

Because we don’t want to waste this opportunity for learning and growing and gleaning everything God wants to give us while we’re here… and then in turn use it to help others going through their own dark times… we’re choosing to document this journey in our blog every few days.

Our prayer is that you benefit by sharing in this experience with us. And if you know someone who’s hurting right now that might be encouraged by reading these entries, feel free to also pass them along.

Finally, if you find it in your heart to pray for us as God takes us into the shadows, we would be most grateful.   

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