"Take Courage, It Is I"

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Immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, (Mark 6:51, NIV)

One of the more difficult aspects of having atypical health challenges is that doctors don’t always know how to help.  After yet another difficult medical trip that ended up with the doctor saying, “I don’t know what’s wrong.  The lab tests are normal.  I’m sorry.  We can’t do anything to help.  I’m not saying there is nothing wrong.  I’m saying I don’t know what it is.  I think you need to try a specialist.”

I go home wondering why it so often turns out this way.  Why don’t they know what’s wrong?  Doctor after doctor saying, “I’m sorry – I can’t help.  Why don’t you try ….”

Why is it so hard to get help? It seems as if I get one disappointing result after another.  I often put such hopes into finding the answer to all that is happening in my body.

How vivid is the contrast between that search, where there are no answers, to the result when I look to Christ.  While the doctor’s may not know what is wrong.  He does.  I don’t need to go find any kind of a specialist for my spirit.  He is the Great Physician.  He never sends me anywhere else.  He tells me, “Come unto me.”

I know He is leading and guiding this search for answers.  I know the answers will come when they are supposed to.  As someone who is prone to worry – it is a true growth experience for me.

I pray before I see the doctor.  I ask that the technicians have wisdom and the ability to do the jobs they need to do.  I ask for safety and protection.  And yes – I do ask for answers.  Do I doubt Him because the answers aren’t forthcoming?  

No.

I am learning – slowly, yet surely – that my entire life is a faith-building experience.  Trials arise.  And they are faced.  With uncertainty, and often resulting in disappointment – they teach me about myself.  And they teach me about faith, and trust, and hanging on when you want to let go. 

“Take courage.  It is I.”

But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish. Psalms 9:18 , NIV

Father God, Thank you that we have the assurance in Your word that we will never be forgotten, our hope will not completely perish when our faith is focused on You.  Grant us the courage we need to face our trials and challenges in Your great Name.  Amen and amen.

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