Waiting on the Doctor
There it is… the doctor has given you potentially bad or even fatal news. You have to wait for results that will tell you what is going on, or you have the news and are waiting for treatment. No one knows except the Lord what is going to happen. Are you or a loved one going to live or die? Will treatment work? Is there any hope of a normal life again?
Experience tells me this is what you need to do.
First, thank God for heaven and that saved people go there when they leave this life. The worst thing that can happen for believers is they will ultimately go to heaven. But, there is what happens in between heaven and right now that matters. Second, here is what you do.
Read the Bible. Especially Genesis and the book of Psalms. You are not reading to tell the future or to get insight into your own situation. You are reading for comfort and distraction. The time you are spending concentrating on the story told in the Bible you are not thinking about your situation. You are getting to know God better, and you are getting to know the people in the Bible and their stories. You are getting to know your brothers and sisters in Christ and the mistakes they made in their lives, and the trials they went through. Sometimes something you read will seem to resonate with what you are going through, but that is not the main purpose of reading. Your purpose is to put your trouble in the hands of God, and learn something useful. I find this works better in Genesis and the other story books of the Bible. I confess to skipping a lot of genealogy and tabernacle building and ark building instructions. Those are definitely important, but my mind is usually not able to get into this as much as what people did and probably wished they hadn’t done. You may read about the tabernacle and be inspired to build a scale model. Whatever causes you to concentrate on something of the Lord instead of your own problem is good.
I find Psalms the most comforting. I tend to pray each verse – or word it in my own way. This is between my and God, so it isn’t scripture twisting. I am praying for understanding and comfort. I don’t necessarily mean understanding in my own situation, but understanding in general as well as for mu situation. This is very comforting to me.
Psalm 107: 23-31 is a perfect picture of what happens when dire troubles come.
‘They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
24 These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wit's end.
28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!’
First, we live in the world. We see the works of the Lord on a daily basis. He gives us our daily benefits!
Then the Lord raises a great stormy wind, and the ship is tossed up and down in the waves. Those on the ship are terrified. Their soul seems to melt. They stagger like a drunk, and are at their wits end. Their daily lives are sorely disrupted!
THEN they cry to the Lord. Their prayer probably goes something like, ‘HELP!’
The Lord calms them down. (This is my favorite part.) God calms the waves of turmoil in our hearts.
We relax and cast all our burdens on the Lord. What a relief.
Then the Lord brings them to their desired haven.
Those on the ship give praise to the Lord for His goodness and His wonderful works to the children of men.
It is almost (almost) worth the storm to get to the calm. It feels sort of like going on a great adventure and being saved from disaster by the hand of the Lord.
When facing a trial, this Psalm seems to play itself out a number of times. But with lessening intensity each time. Just keep doing the same thing. Throw yourself into the word of the Lord. Reading the Bible, getting to know the Lord better and the people He wrote about, is going to do you good emotionally. It will just do you good.
To all those facing a storm – or a cyclone/tsunami – cast your burdens on the Lord. Throw yourself into His book. Read what He says. It all applies to each of us. Don’t look for a ‘yes’ I will get well, or a ‘no’ that isn’t going to happen. Just read, pray, study and learn.
And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will help thee.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.