I had a problem. I had to make a decision and wasn’t sure what to do. Where do you find guidance when experts disagree?
Those who follow my blog know I had surgery this spring. Assimilating the possibility of cancer and a torrent of information and opinions can be dizzying.
After my oncologist said he didn’t think I had cancer, I researched whether to keep my organs. Conventional medicine tends to view removing ovaries and Fallopian tubes as a smart preventive measure against ovarian cancer. They think it may reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer too—the cancers that killed my parents.
Those who take a holistic view of the body see an integrated whole instead of a collection of systems. They believe healthy parts contribute to the health of the whole.
The purpose of this blog is to refresh your faith, not give medical advice. So I want to show you how God led me through this maze.
I Asked in Faith
Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find… For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds” (Matt. 7:7-8 ESV underlining added).
If we want God’s wisdom and will, we must ask Him for it. James adds that we must ask in faith.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind” (James 1:5-7).
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I asked God to lead me in this and woke up one morning with the verse “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”(Psalm 139:14) playing through my mind.
I opened this Psalm to see if God had more to say and read:
“My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be” (Ps. 139:15-16 NIV).
God assured me He understands my body’s specific needs. He even knows the exact number of days I have left in this body. I could trust Him to lead me in the way best for me.
I Refocused on Jesus’ Faithfulness
The morning I was to give my answer to my surgeon, a friend called with stories that made me question my decision. “Lord, are you redirecting me?”
The tightness in my stomach spoke fear, not faith.
Lord, you have promised to lead me. I will trust that the answer I give today will come from you. It’s not up to me to figure out the right answer.
My body relaxed.
I told my husband about the call when he came to pick me up. I asked if he thought I should reconsider my decision.
“God has not given us a spirit of fear,” he said.
While he changed shirts, I picked up Daily Light. I’d read the morning reading earlier, but decided to read the evening one while I waited. I read, “For as the body is one…” (1 Cor. 12:12).
This verse confirmed the other Scripture God had given me. When I told Larry, he added, “And no part is indispensable,” (see 1 Cor. 12:22).
At my appointment, I told my doctor I tried to make decisions from a sound mind and faith, not fear. He said he felt we were on the same page. He thought my decision was right for me.
Once again, God showed me it’s not the size of my problems, but the size of my God.
Are you lost in a maze of conflicting advice? No problem. Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor!
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Debbie W. Wilson
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