“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
Several months ago, I had a usual sensitivity in my abdomen when the area around my appendix was touched. When several days passed and it didn’t go away, I decided to make a doctor’s appointment. However, the feeling went away and I tried to cancel the appointment.
My doctor had the nurse call and tell me he wanted me to keep the appointment even through the concern was gone. I reluctantly went for appointment, and he felt I should have a CAT scan (just to be sure all was well). The result was that a mass was detected.
This baffled me as I felt fine–and also scared me. I was referred to a surgeon and after many appointments, medical tests, scans, etc., it was decided that surgery was needed to determine what was actually showing up on the scans.
I felt fine when going in for surgery (except for being hungry and having caffeine withdrawal symptoms). With thanks to the Lord, the mass consisted of small cysts on the colon requiring a small portion of colon to be removed. After surgery, I was in pain, sore, weak and neuropathy pain increased. To add to the discomfort, I contacted stomach virus. I recall thinking I need to pray but I feel too bad to even lift up my anxieties.
Would I ever feel normal again?
As I look back, I am so aware of God being with me every step of the way. As I reflect on 1 Peter 5:6-7, I become so aware of how we should trust and rely on Him because He loves us. He knows us so well and He is more trustworthy than anyone else, always keeping His promises. We can cast all our worries on Him and He will accept and respond to all of our emotion and communication with Him.
Today, let’s accept God into our lives and be humble to Him. . . accepting His help, knowing that God will lift us up, and love us.
Prayer: Gracious Lord, help us to always remember to cast all our worries on You and accept Your help knowing You will love us always. We praise You and glorify Your name. Amen.
About the Author:
Patricia Armstrong lives in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She has a nerve disease which causes constant pain but is thankful God is always present to give comfort and hope.
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How can I remember to always put God first in my life knowing His love is ever present?