Revisiting: Still in His Grip

Today is a good day for me to revisit this post.  Somedays, I really need to remember the words I wrote here.  Psalm 121 is really an encouragement to me.  I hope it is for you as well.

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.  Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.  (Psalm 121) NIV

Again I face the unexpected.  It's not a huge deal.  Not really huge.  At least not for most folks.  A molar crown fell out and I need to get it replaced.  Piece of cake.

Except ...

I have to travel over an hour to get to a dentist who is willing to work on me with all my allergies.

Lying in the dental chair challenges my already hurting body.

My foggy brain forgot one of my meds that keeps my heart beating rhythmically. 

My blood thinner hasn't been doing its job and I'm now dosed so high we won't know what my level is until Monday.

It's cold and damp and my body wants to curl up and hide.

And I'm embarrassed to admit this one.  I really need a shower - and showering hurts.  Sometimes it is the accomplishment for the day.  But today???  

So - what do I do?

For some reason, my body rejects most pain medications.  I know that when I hurt, I cannot take narcotic medications - and today I hurt.  I want to cry.  I know I cannot allow my mind to stay in this place.

I know I need to find ways to distract myself.  I am so grateful for laptops.  I go back through my older emails and devotionals and try to find something to hang on to.

I find it. I reread an email from a gal from my church prayer team.  She had brain surgery for a tumor.  She was recovering nicely.  I read her email and at the end, it is signed “In His Grip.”

Yes.  That is where I am.  In His Grip.  Psalm 121 promises verse after verse that the Lord will take care of me.  He doesn’t promise pain free.  He promises to be there, watching, holding, keeping, guarding, protecting me.  Now … and forever more.

Not just in this lifetime – but forever.  Forever in His Grip.  I am in just the place I need to be.

Father God, Help me to remember, on days like today, that you are holding me just as tightly today as you do on days when things are going well.  Maybe tighter.  Thank you that Your word promises that You are always, always, always there.  Thank You.  Simply, thank You.  Amen and Amen.  So be it, Lord!

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