This morning I saw in my “memories” section the post I had done last year on January 1 and it was so funny that I had to re-post it, and that caused me to remember other Januarys in my past.
January two years ago it seemed like trouble was coming by the bucket load! I went from not seeing a doctor in over a decade, to becoming an inhabitant of doctor’s waiting rooms. I felt like the Shepherd King when he said, Psalm 22:11 Do not stay so far from me, for trouble is near, and no one else can help me. God is ever faithful, even when we are not, and then Psalm 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
After experiencing numbness on one side of my face, neck and shoulder that would come on me, last for a few minutes and leave about as suddenly as it came, I was given an MRI and found that I actually do have broken bones in my neck and the shards of those bones are sticking into my spinal cord so that when I move a certain way it causes numbness! That sounded pretty serious to me, but when I got the results of all my tests I found that, outside of that problem and except for a little tweaking, my Temple is in good shape after all! I really had a peace about it all the time I was going through it, even in the MRI, but it’s good to hear it from the lips of the professional to my ears! Praise God from Whom all blessing flow!
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
I was talking with someone who is of “my generation” and the line from this old song came up, “I’ve got a peaceful, easy feeling and I know you won’t let me down“. The words before and after that don’t matter in this context, the point was that those words caught at my heart. How many times do you go to bed and wake up un-easy, worried and sometimes you don’t even really know “what” you are worried about? A psychiatrist would say that is called “floating anxiety” or being anxious without knowing why. Philippians 4:6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Read this verse and digest it, let it nourish your soul and spirit the way your body digests the food you eat. Your body assimilates the food using the vitamins and minerals that are in it for its benefit. Did you digest that? Ok, now read this: 1Peter 5:7 So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
Now, what were you worried about? I bet you can’t even remember! Nehemiah 8:10 And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” I just realized something; you know how people use the “Bible” to prove anything they want? Well, now I can prove that we are instructed to “celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks!” Rejoice! Be happy and don’t worry!
Now if someone will please pass me a filet mignon and some sweet iced tea I will enjoy it and get that peaceful easy feeling by leaning on Jesus!