We Aren’t Alone- God’s With Us!

17d1d13f67934c2b3e534f863096fc2d-jpg-cfTonight I was talking to a friend who has been having a difficult time health wise. During our conversation we got talking about how God’s present with us during difficult times, even if it is hard to tell while we are going through dark moments.

Psalms 46:1 is my all time favorite Bible Verse. This is also the verse that gets me through so much. tomorrow as my friend goes in for another biopsy, I will be praying for her and remembering this verse on her behalf. The verse says, “God is our refuge and strength, ever-present in times of trouble.”

As I was talking to her, I got thinking about one of many times I was in the hospital for what seemed like months at a time. Which literally, it was.

When I am in the hospital for any period of time, I always bring music with me and my fan.

One night, I was having a very difficult time. I was already in the hospital for about 6 weeks and I was at the point of wanting to throw in the towel. I was fighting sepsis during this particular visit.

During this night, I was done. I didn’t want to go on any longer. I spent most of the year in the hospital off and on and I couldn’t handle anything else. My daughters were teenagers and I was feeling like I wasn’t a good mother because I was always in the hospital fighting for my life.

Around 11pm, the night-time nurse came into my room to do my vitals. She was asking me about the songs that were on the radio at the time. I must have been listening to Klove. She wasn’t a Christian, so she wasn’t familiar with the songs I was listening to. I talked to her about them for a few minutes and then she  left to finish her rounds. Right before she came in, I was in tears. She asked me what was wrong and I told her that I was fine. I was just having one of those moments.

As I was having a discussion with God, which is my way of praying, I was frustrated and I have to say I was feeling a bit like I was abandoned. I have been going through so many storms, that it was getting hard to see and feel God’s presence. I was emotionally spent and I cried out to Jesus and I wanted to know what it was that I did so wrong to be going through all of the things I was and still am going through.

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After crying to the point where I had no more tears left, I rolled over to my side and quieted myself down. I prayed and begged God to show me that He was there. I needed to know He was with me. And then it happened. The first song came on and it was called, “Praise You in the Storm.” It is a song by Casting Crowns. Here is a snippet of the song. Click Here to Listen to it;

Praise You In This Storm

And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to you
And you raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can’t find You

As I was listening to this song by Casting Crowns, I couldn’t help but let the tears once again flow. I must have been a mess emotionally. A nurse heard me sobbing in my room and she poked her head in and asked if there was anything she could do. All I could say was that, “God is here and I’m not alone.”

Then the next song that came on was a song by Third Day called, Cry Out to Jesus.” By this time I am blubbering all over the place and inconsolable, but in a good way. Here are some of the lyrics;

Cry Out To Jesus

And to all of the people with burdens and pains
Keepin’ you back from your life
You believe that there’s nothing
And there is no one who can make it right

There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary
And love for the broken hearts
There is grace and forgiveness, mercy and healing
He’ll meet you wherever you are

Cry out to Jesus
Cry out to Jesus

This song spoke to me in so many ways. I’m laying in my hospital bed and the Dr’s didn’t know what else they could do or if they were going to have to send me to ICU. My life was in the hands of God at this point.

Then, a third song came onto the radio. It was an old hymn that many probably know. That song is called, What a Friend We Have In Jesus.About a year before this hospitalization I was listening to this song as I was driving down the road. I became so overcome emotionally that I had to pull over. Since I was in the hospital, it wasnt like I could pull over, but God did get my attention. I have listened to this song most of my life. It wasn’t until my life was falling apart medically that I got it. I finally figured out that Jesus is my friend. He will never leave me. He is always there. Pay attention to the words. Even though this song was written by Joseph M. Scriven in 1855. He wrote this as a poem to comfort his mother who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. These words mean just as much today as it did back then.

What a Friend We Have In Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear,
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour still our refuge;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends dispise forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in Prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;
Thou wilt find a solace there.

As I was talking to my friend tonight about how there are times when life gets so hard and it is hard to feel God around us, He makes sure to show us that He is there. One of the things that she shared with me and it is so true is that we can pray over people at any moment. It doesn’t matter what else is going on around us.

By the way, if anyone out there would like to pray for her, she could really use some prayers. She found out that she has a mass it is malignant. So, she will be having treatments. What she and I were saying is that even though all these things are happening. We can allow these moments as opportunities to reach out to those who needs help. God does some awesome things.

I want to just share one more thing about my hospital stay. After the three songs were played and I was just exhausted emotionally and at the same time, I felt such an overwhelming peace that only can come from God.

As I was laying there, a cleaning women knocked on  my door. She asked me if she could come into the room? I told her that was fine. Even though I probably had puffy eyes and looked horrible. So, she came in and shut the door behind her. She was saying that she enjoyed the music that has been playing in my room. She felt the promoting to come in and pray over me. She explained that she had to shut the door or she would get in trouble. She prayed and held my hand. I felt the most warm and loving touch from her hands.

She was only in there a few minutes and she did say that she is a believer in Christ. As she left, I felt this cool breeze. I thought it was from the AC. When the nurse came back in to check the vitals and to see how I was, I asked her about the AC and she said it wasn’t on. I did find it strange that there was a cleaning lady that late, I asked the nurse to thank her for coming in and helping. She didn’t know who or what I was talking about. She said there was no cleaning ladies.

In closing, I would like to ask you all to say a prayer for my friend.

Dear Lord, I come to you today for my friend who has been told that she has a malignant mass. Lord, she is in need of your healing hand. In you all things are possible. Give her the strength to move forward on the path you have shown her. We pray that You bless my friend and renew her health and strengthen her as only You can.

Wrap your loving arms around her family as they draw near to you Love. Bind us with Your loving hands. You are the Vine dear Lord and we are the branches.

We praying these things in Jesus’s name, Amen.

 

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