“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear (not worry) no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Did you know that God dissipates worry and fear when we least expect it? It is amazing how God can orchestrate things within our lives to bring about peace and calmness to our troubled-weary hearts, soul, and mind. See, I have worried and worried for weeks now about a doctor’s appointment that I had scheduled for this morning. As my husband drove me to the appointment, I became overly critical of everything and everyone around me. I didn’t like where we had to park. I didn’t like the décor of the doctor’s office. I didn’t like the way they had patients to sign-in and be seated without knowing when; if ever, I’d be called. I didn’t like when this poor old gentleman sat down right beside me and began telling me his life story. (Shame on me!) I soon learned he was from New York, had one son, and even his very personal medical condition! But, I smiled and nodded. Then, I eventually told him that I would pray for him. Oddly enough, he didn’t tell me anything else! Then, after a one hour, ten minute wait, I didn’t like when the very young-looking girl called my name and escorted me to the scales. (Ouch!) She wasn’t wearing a nurse’s uniform. She was wearing regular street clothing. I didn’t like that. In all, I just wasn’t a happy camper. But, did an all-knowing God ever have a surprise in store for me! The young girl whom I mistakenly took as being a medical assistant was actually a medical student training at Emory Hospital. She was very kind and very interested in my health. She took a lot of notes and a lot of her own time to discuss my case and ask questions. She seemed very sincere in her interest. Next, a well-dressed professional nurse- practitioner entered the room saying, “Mrs. Rollins, I want you to know that I can relate to your case very well. My mother was also a teacher who had to go on early disability retirement due to a brain tumor. She was treated at Emory, also.” But, the surprises didn’t stop there. When she was about to leave the room, she added, “I noticed that your husband is a minister. I am a Christian and before I leave I would like to pray with you.” After she took my hand, she prayed the sweetest and most serene prayer asking God to bless my life and to give me many peaceful years of enjoyment with my grandchildren. Wow! How amazing. This was not what I was expecting. Lastly, the doctor entered. He, too, was just as nice, professional, and attentive as the others. So, after fearing and worrying for weeks over this particular doctor’s visit, I was blessed to meet three very precious people all whom love and serve the Lord in their profession. Even though I had bowed down to my worries by becoming overly critical, God simply dissipated all of my worries and concerns away. He knew exactly who to send me to see. As the Bible teaches, He is the Light of our pathway. I sometimes don’t understand why we, as Christians, can be filled with such faith one minute as to face all kinds of obstacles, then suddenly be tossed into a whirlwind of doubt and fear. But, that is who we are; all of us. And, God knows this about us. To God, there is no unknown. He is the sovereign ruler of the universe. And, when we truly commit our lives unto Him, as we say we do, we can know with assurance that He is leading our path. I was so relieved of all my worries and concerns. Thanks be unto God. So, when my husband returned to drive me back home, I apologized to him for my critical behavior. But, I am very fortunate to have a husband who knew I was simply acting upon my worries. On the way home, he and I stopped to have a nice, worry-free, lunch. In all, I received a blessing today from God, and I learned that God can dissipate our worries when we least expect it!
“Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight!” Psalms 119:35
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author