On Thursday evening, I asked my husband to drive me to the ER. Acid reflux had been plaguing me for a couple of weeks. Three days full of tests have ensued. This morning, as I snuggled up with the hospital blankets in my adjustable bed, I felt uncertain about the week ahead with no clear diagnosis. Gently, the Lord spoke to me. Well, actually, the LPN served as His mouthpiece as she changed the linens for the bed next door. Apparently, this sweet servant is a sister, and her lilting voice could not help but sing out His praises as she turned the sheets. She sang an old Gospel hymn with a refrain that washed over my weary spirit: “He will carry you though…” Oh, how I needed to hear that tune!
What load are you carrying today?
… health issue?
… broken relationship?
… financial instability?
Sister, He will carry you through. He sees you right where you are, and He is walking with you and ready to carry your burden. If you listen closely, you will hear His voice singing softly over you.
Yesterday, as I was digging “Into the Word,” I found a couple of verses that encouraged my heart and gave my stay here in the hospital some focus:
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me,
so that the message
might be preached fully through me,
and that all the Gentiles might hear.
Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work
and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.
To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
I Timothy 4:17-18, NKJV
Paul, the author of this letter, knew about pain and suffering: Imprisoned, stoned, and falsely accused, He let nothing deter Him from His calling — to share the Gospel wherever He went. So today, I am sharing Jesus from my bed in 405b. I am praying for the patients on this floor, joyfully interacting with the nursing staff, and asking God to open up doors for me to be a light right here where He has placed me. I am holding on to the promise that He will carry me through a tricky gall bladder surgery on Monday and resting in the fact that my God will deliver me from all harm.
Q4U: What has God carried you through? Have you heard Him singing a song over you?
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