“As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and He hears my voice” (Psalm 55:16-17).
I don’t know about you, but I’m really good at crying out to God to be heard–especially when in pain!
Yet, during illnesses we get so used to illness and pain, that we don’t cry out to the medical people that need to hear it too.
Being three years into chronic invisible illnesses that have me housebound, I’m still relatively new to illnesses.
At the beginning I’d mention each little thing to my doctor. Everything was new, different, and scary! However, over time, everything has become so “normal” that I forget to mention new or worse symptoms.
Recently, I was reminded about that when my doctor explained that I’d need to “play up” my symptoms to the specialist I was to see for the first time. That may sound wrong, but what she meant was, that I’m now playing down everything that’s “normal” to me and don’t want to make a fuss. After all, as Christians we’re meant to be martyrs, right? Well, sometimes that is to our detriment.
God tells us to cry out to Him “evening, morning, and noon.” Likewise when seeing new specialists and medical staff it’s important to explain all of our symptoms and not white-wash over them. It may just be the important symptom, or depth of symptom, that will point to something else for the specialist to help us.
Wisdom is essential in this complicated journey. Crying out to God whenever we have a need is what He tells us to do, and He answers our prayers. Then there are other times to play down what’s happening to us, to care for others. However, when we’re seeing medical people who can help us we need to cry out to be heard.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You hear us when we cry out to You in distress. Help us to have wisdom to know when and what we need to explain about our illnesses to get the help we need. Guide us in our thoughts and words, Lord, especially when we’re struggling to think. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illnesses. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
When do you cry out to God most? Are there ways that will make it easier to speak to new specialist or medical person? Do you have a simple system to record your symptoms for the medical personnel?
This song, “Faithful” with Hawk Nelson how no matter how many times we cry out He always is faithful to bring us back to Him and He will never abandon the story He is writing in our lives. Hope it blesses you. -Lisa