It was a pain I had never experienced before. No other symptoms, only pain. I kept telling myself it would pass but this was debilitating. My husband was out of town and my twenty two-month old was full of energy when it hit. Luckily my neighbor was home and invited me over, allowing me to lie down while our daughters played together. She encouraged me to call the doctor, and I finally did.
He asked all the typical questions, but the only symptom I had was this excruciating pain. He prescribed some pain killers which I hate to take but I had to do something. It gave me temporary relief until the next day. Then the pain hit again with a vengeance, causing me to pass out. By this time, my husband had returned home and took me straight to the hospital. I was still thinking that the doctor could give me a prescription to heal me and send me home. They ran all the typical tests, including sending me in for a sonogram. When the doctor came in, he confirmed that I was pregnant and the pain was a signal something was incredibly wrong. The embryo was growing outside of the uterus causing many complications. The only option was emergency surgery that would result in a six to eight-week physical recovery not to mention the emotional recovery.
We all have been there and some of you may be in the midst of the battle as you read this. It may be a difficult pregnancy that results in a miscarriage, or the diagnosis of a disease that involves an extensive treatment plan. It may be a diagnosis of a debilitating disease that completely detours your future or that of a loved one. It could be a diagnosis that involves extensive surgeries and slow recovery. It could even be a type of illness that has no diagnosis and the doctors can only treat the symptoms. Each of these situations has their own challenges and can exhaust our energies, consume our mind with worry, fill our heart with despair and rob our spirit of hope.
It is in these times that God is holding us in the palm of His hand. Psalm 75:23 “Yet I am always with you, holding you by My right hand.” He is sending others to pray for us when we do not have the words to pray for ourselves. James 5:16b “Pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” In many cases He sends angels to surround us with the hope we cannot see Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. “ Sometimes these messengers come through those we know, sometimes through medical personnel and sometimes God sends His hope through strangers. Are you struggling with a debilitating diagnosis? You are never alone, Isaiah 49:13 ”For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”
Dear Lord, My heart cries out to you in these times of challenge and weakness. My flesh may fail, but You, Lord, are the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 75) Thank you for surrounding me with your love and comfort in times of affliction, illness and disease. Help me see beyond the weakness and worry and seek comfort in your arms. I truly want to build my strength in You and the hope and healing You so freely give. Amen