A Comforting Presence When You Don’t Feel Well

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“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.” (John 14:16)

Sometimes, I get a little frustrated at my doctors’ appointments. When I’m in a lot of pain, I have trouble expressing how I feel in a concise manner. I leave without having all of my concerns addressed or without asking questions I wanted to ask about a new treatment or medicine.

At my last appointment, Norman took time off work to go with me. It was nice to leave my cane in the car, because Norman told me, “I’ve got you. Lean on me.” He carried my book, pushed the elevator buttons, and opened doors for me. I know, little things, but it was so nice for me not to have to try to maneuver everything on my own.

When I waited in the examination room, he was there, sitting quietly in the corner, paging through his magazine. We didn’t talk much, but his presence soothed away my anxiety.

The doctor went through her check list, talked about additional tests, and suggested two treatment options I was uncomfortable with. Norman didn’t interrupt us, but his steady gaze and presence gave me the courage to say no and to ask for what I felt I needed most.

Isn’t this exactly what the Holy Spirit does for us (and so much more)? His presence, His guidance, discernment, and power are always with us. He helps us to obey God, to know God’s truth, and to live in a manner that is pleasing to our Heavenly Father. It is His presence within us that allows others to witness God’s glory at work in our lives.

I like the names listed for the Holy Spirit in the Amplified version of the Bible for this verse: “Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby.” When I meditate on these names and attributes of the Holy Spirit, I come away knowing how much the Lord loves and seeks to help me every day.

Prayer: Father, whenever we face a challenge, help us to remember the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit that’s available to help us.

About the Author:
Dorothea lives in California. After dealing with chronic illness for over twenty years, she knows that she needs God’s grace each day. Please visit Dorthea in the Rest Ministries Sunroom or email her at Dorothea.Love@yahoo.com.

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