One of the more frightening and vulnerable places we can find ourselves is sitting in the doctor’s office following a positive diagnosis… waiting to find out what it all means.
That’s where Mike and I were a little more than a week ago.
After a physical exam and another (brief) ultrasound, the surgeon left the room for me to get dressed. But before leaving, he instructed us to turn our chairs around to face the large whiteboard on the side wall.
“I’ll be back in a few minutes to discuss your prognosis and plan. I’ll write everything down on this board and when we’re done the nurse will take a picture of it and print it out for you to take home. That way you won’t have to try to remember it all or even write it all down yourself.”
That was, of course, really helpful.
Because here’s a picture of the board when we got there
… and here’s what it looked like when we left.
You may have had a similar experience. And if you haven’t yet, you likely will at some point in the future. That’s just life.
So what can we expect in such times?
As a believer, the one thing we can count on – and the one thing we were both so aware of that day – is God’s attending grace.
Psalm 50:15 says, “Call on Me in the day of trouble. I will deliver you, and you will glorify Me.”
Our experience before, during, and after that day’s appointment verified the reality of God’s presence and peace in those moments when we need it.
Because we asked for it, and our community of family and friends were praying for us, He provided.
Our good God does give us what we need when we need it… because He said He would. But not before.
In other words, His promises aren’t available to us when we choose to worry or be anxious about a future event or an unknown outcome.
But they do prove to be true when we can simply trust that His grace and peace will be there right when we need it.
This is a lesson Mike and I are learning by taking our own medicine – i.e., by applying the biblical strategy that Mike outlines in our newest course, How to Build an Unbreakable Mind.
Now we feel it’s important to assure you that this is no easier for us than it is for you.
It’s just a matter of knowing what to do and how to do it.
And then, of course… following through with it.
So if you don’t yet know how to effectively deal with difficulties the way God designed for us to… the only way in which you can experience what He’s promised…
… then we want to help you get there.
Every Christian interested in learning how to weather any storm life throws at you will want to hear about an opportunity I’ll be sharing with you later this week. So be looking for that announcement.
And in the meantime, we covet your prayers for my upcoming surgery on January 24.
Grace and peace,