My doctor’s office called last week to tell me I need an MRI on my stomach. A previous sonogram had revealed a large mass. While I’m not excited about this, I am delighted over the many ways God has encouraged me since I learned about it.
After receiving my doctor’s report, I emailed some praying friends. My sister immediately prayed over the phone for me. Peace filled me. I’m convinced the prayers of God’s people have wrapped me in a blanket of supernatural calm.
My wonder-dog Max spurred the second source of comfort. Some days our 85-pound poodle, who suffers with chronic health challenges, lacks the energy to climb out of bed before mid-afternoon. My heart hurts when he wags his tail at me but can’t get up. But this week he played with the exuberance dogs his age should have.
I told a friend, who was laughing with me at my two dogs’s antics, that when Max feels good our whole family smiles. “Max has helped me appreciate 3 John 2,” I said.
The next morning, as I raised the kitchen shades to welcome the morning light, I received an unexpected hug from God. “Debbie, that verse was for you,” I sensed Him say.
I grabbed my Bible and read: “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 2 NIV italics added).
No matter what the MRI says, God said He wants my best.
Weeks ago, when I’d agreed to be a guest speaker for a Sunday school class, I’d picked the subject I planned to address. But, in my sleep during the wee hours of the Sunday I was to speak, I sensed God nudging me to a different topic. In my semiconscious state I replied, if you want me to talk on that then wake me up in time to prepare and help me find my notes. It had been over a year since I’d spoken on that topic. The ink for our printer hadn’t arrived, so I needed to find my notes.
The first file I opened contained handouts for the talk in question. Wow! I had forgotten I’d even created them. And there were enough for the group. Now I was fully awake!
In less than a minute, I found my notes. Since I wasn’t sure I’d even kept a hard copy of the talk, I knew God was guiding me.
I scanned my notes. The opening story surprised me. I’d completely forgotten about discovering a suspicious lump at the age of 36 and my failed human efforts to secure peace. I marveled to think how much more peaceful I was feeling this time.
The point of my talk is Good News + Faith = Rest. Will I put my faith in what God says, or will I focus on bad news? God had given me good news in 3 John 2, by His grace I believed Him, and He’s given me rest.
I’m not sure if God reminded me of this talk for my audience’s sake or more for my sake. Either way, His leading reminded me His hand is on my life.
I don’t know what God has in store for me. I welcome your prayers! But today my heart is at rest. God loves me, and He loves and cares for your needs too.
Question: How can I pray for you?
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Debbie W. Wilson
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