As I woke that morning, I knew keeping my mind on His presence would be a challenge. I faced a thyroid biopsy for cancer, the dreaded c word. My anxiety would go through the roof if I didn’t keep my mind on His presence and find peace I needed to survive the day, much less thrive throughout the day. Here are three things I discovered.
Start the Day Focused on Him
Settling into my big overstuffed chair, I opened my Jesus Calling devotional by Sarah Young, to the day. The first words that jumped off the page were, :Walk peacefully with Me through this day. You are wondering how you will cope with all that is expected of you. You must traverse this day like any other: one step at a time.
That’s it! I thought. Walk peacefully, one step at a time with Him. The accompanying scripture from Exodus 33:14 also reassured me. God is talking to Moses: The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” If God would go with Moses and everything will be fine, then I can count on Him to go with me.
I could feel peace settle over my spirit.
Ask Others to Pray for You
Because I was going into an unknown situation, I had asked others to pray for me. Have you reached out to others to do that for you? There is something about being buoyed by the Spirit when you are being carried by the prayers of others.
Later that morning before the biopsy, I got a text from my pastor who let me know he was praying for me. It reinforced how I was to walk peacefully through the day with Jesus as it read,May God’s peace guard you. Now he didn’t know that peace was my theme for the day, nor how I needed peace to combat my anxiety. But God knew and let him know how to pray for me.
God is such a good, good father.
Keep An Eye Out for His Fingerprints
Finally, my husband drove us to the doctor’s office for the procedure. I felt eerily calm while waiting. Going to a doctor’s office normally raises my blood pressure by 20 points. I could feel the prayers of people as we waited.
When I laid down on the procedure table, right above me was an acoustical tile ceiling, with cross pieces holding it. Directly above me, those cross pieces formed a cross. “Thank you Jesus, for your obvious reminder of your presence.”
The doctor kept checking on me, asking how I was doing. They numb your neck before inserting the needles so it’s more prickly and a pressure sensation than anything. He noted he’d like more patients like me. I told him I had people praying for me and that God was good.
He said, “I can’t argue with that.”
The Take Away
I still marvel at how peaceful the whole procedure turned out to be and how taken care of I felt. The peace remained with me the rest of the day, even into the nap I took afterwards.
Being intentional to ask Him to go with me, ask others to pray and then look for Him during the procedure gave me peace beyond what I could possibly imagine.
Could you do that in whatever situation you are facing? He promises to go with you, to give you rest and it will be fine.
I still don’t know the outcome of the biopsy as the results came back indeterminate, which means when they do surgery, they will see what they find.
However, I know that I can find peace as I go. You can, too, in whatever situation you are facing.
Just ask and seek.
I would love to pray for you. Just contact me and let me know how I can be praying for the peace that you are seeking. Blessings!
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Thank you for these words today. They are a balm to my soul!
I’m praying for you as you journey this path❤️
I am glad these words encouraged you, too. He is such a good, good God. Thank you for walking this path with me. Blessings.
Thank you friend. May His peace follow you as well. Blessings.
My Very Dear Nancy ~
Of course I am unhappy to learn that this trial has ascended you. I covenant to pray earnestly for you, and will welcome further advice.
I feel such gratitude overall to witness how mightily God has informed your heart regarding matters of faith and walking in truth and grace. GLORY! I feel comforted with the wonder and mercy of God to learn that you are encouraging and informing others spiritually. You have such a gift, and I have had the benefit of observing you hone that gift. I am SO happy that God reconnected us via the encounter at Northside DCC. I enfold much love in Christ and look forward to further news and good word going forward.
Thank you so much, dear Jeanie. You are such an encourager to me and others in walking close to Jesus. The love of Jesus shines through wherever you go. Thank you for your prayers, friend. I am grateful to make this walk with you.
It blessed me to hear how peace walked beside you on that day. Thanks for letting me be a prayer friend with you and I am continuing to pray for you on this journey. Blessings
I am blessed by you as well my friend. Thank you for walking this journey with me. Prayers certainly are the key.