When my children were young, doctors’ offices provided colorful Highlights magazines to occupy us with fun activities so we wouldn’t mind the wait. God supplies wonderful reading material for those stuck in His waiting room too.
I’d selected Psalms 23 and 91 for our Bible study before I knew I’d be facing surgery and the suspicion of cancer. Wow! God sure knew what I needed.
Even though these Psalms were familiar, I found fresh applications for my current situation. These Psalms quelled my fears. Here are some takeaways from Psalm 23 (NIV). I’ve added the underlining.
“1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
- My security isn’t limited by the size of my bank account, my doctor’s knowledge, or the name of my illness, but by the size of my God.
- Will I focus on my perceived lack or on His provision?
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul.
- My life feels like it has been put on hold—with doctor and lab visits and waiting for my surgery. God stops my plans to restore me. God—not ideal circumstances—refreshes my soul.
- Will I rest and be refreshed in this standstill or resist and miss a blessing?
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
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- Will I trust Him to accurately guide me, or will I worry over making the right decision?
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
- Sometimes we must walk through dark valleys. It’s scary to know we’re surrounded by danger and not be able to see it or where we’re going. But darkness doesn’t hinder God’s vision. We’re safe as long as we walk with our Shepherd.
- Am I focused on following my Shepherd or on trying to figure out where to go?
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
- God’s provision and goodness don’t evaporate when enemies show up. God’s bounty remains.
- What can I do to enjoy God’s goodness while I wait for this to be resolved?
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (NIV)
- I never need to fear the future. God’s goodness and love follow me through my last breath to heaven.
- Thank You that Your goodness and love are with me today!
Within a couple of weeks of reading this Psalm, a friend called to say he and his wife are donating to our ministry the amount needed to cover our insurance deductible and my oncologist said he thinks my mass is benign!
God’s Word always waters us, but during trials it’s a soaker hose. I’ve found the Psalms to be wonderful reading material for waiting rooms. May you too find the encouragement you need.
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For those who have asked, I’m still waiting on a surgery date!
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Debbie W. Wilson
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