Firstly, praise the Lord and thank you all for your prayers yesterday. I had a WAY better experience with my endocscopy/ biopsy yesterday then last weeks procedure. I came out of it great, with no side affects and I am so thankful...so Yay for that!
As I was being situated in the procedure room, Ellen, the 40 year veteran anesthesiologist nurse, began to say to me, “I’ll be with you all the way, I’ll be right here with you.”
These were among the last words I remembered as I drifted off.......
Later that evening, I was watching a TV show, and the main character, (an ex -soldier), told someone who was trying to discourage his crippling tendency for solitude, “You see what you learn is - that in the end, we’re all alone and no one is coming to rescue you.”
This comment struck me and a huge “NO, not true!” resounded within me.
Both these contrasting experiences caused a huge torrent of truth to rise out of my innermost being:
Jesus’ empowering promise to those who are His. “I will never leave you or forsake you”
Never ever ever. Not through difficulties. Not in good times. Not in times that you think you are doing great on your own, not when you drift. Not in depression, anxiety ,joy laughter, grief, fear, fullness or want. Not when you’ve failed or when you have great success. Not when everyone else is gone.
You can walk away from Jesus but He will never be the One to step away from you.
“If we are faithless,
He remains faithful;
He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13
Even if you don’t feel like this is true, (and few people feel God’s presence consistently) this is a promise you can take to the bank daily. Moment by moment. He is near.
So close, that if you turned around you would run into Him!
So, where are you today? Burdened? scared? running? Come or come back to the faithful One. Just begin talking to HIm. Tell Him everything.
He is right there. Right now. With you.
Let His presence and promise strengthen you. Comfort you. Encourage you and challenge you to make choices that magnify Him, by bringing His amazing presence clearer and more visible into the lives of those around you.
If you have a verse that has encouraged you as to God’s faithfulness, please share it with us in the comment box. We all need reminders of His presence in our lives!
And purpose to reject any thought that you are ever alone!
“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.”
- The preliminary biopsy done in the hospital yesterday showed the node they biopsied to be positive for cancer. The next step for me on this journey is to meet with my Oncologist on Tuesday. She should have ALL the formal tests results back then and we can discuss a treatment plan.
Please pray for God’s direction and wisdom to be over all aspects of this appointment.