by Dawn Lashley
Psalm 37:5: ‘Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.’
I heard my Mom cry out from her room and ran to see what was going on.
“It’s my lower back.” She had a look of anguish on her face. “I’m having sharp pains.”
“Is it the stones again?” I asked. Anxiously, looking around the room for a heating pad.
“I think so…oh!” Another twinge of pain. She grabbed her side and leaned over on the bed.
There wasn’t much I could do other than offer her aspirin, tea, and a heating pad. She had emergency surgery a few years ago for the same issue, so there was no mistaking the pains in her lower back. It was nerve-wracking watching her twist around in agony.
I sat with her for a bit until she settled down and then went into the other room. The timing couldn’t have been worse.
It was the 2nd week of the COVID-19 lockdown in New York, and I was sheltering with my Mom. Medical offices closed, and hospitals were discouraging non-COVID patients from coming in for fear they might become infected. The only way to see a doctor, in many cases, was virtually.
My hands trembled as I held the cell phone and struggled to figure out how to set up an online medical appointment.
Fiddling with the phone, it occurred to me I needed to pray but couldn’t seem to get my thoughts together to ask for anything intelligible. Why was I so anxious? I had a relationship with Jesus. Didn’t I trust Him? I needed to start working that faith muscle. What was I thinking? Surely, God would help.
Exasperated, I cried out, “Lord! I need you to handle this.” I went back to the medical app and began praying in tongues. After 30 minutes, I got it set up. I was about to tell my Mom when she called for me.
I ran into the room to find her standing by the side of the bed stretching.
“What are you doing?” I asked. Fearful that she might hurt herself.
She turned to me and smiled. “You are not going to believe this, but I was lying down, and felt this sharp pain so, I sat right up, and suddenly I felt all the pressure and pain drain out of my back. It just disappeared.” She spun around in a circle and exclaimed, “I feel right as rain!”
All I could do was laugh and praise God!
When you place your faith and trust in God there is nothing He can’t do. So why do we often forget this in a crisis? Why are we overcome with fear, worry and doubt?
So often, you grab the reins and try to control a situation. You try to work out a solution when it would be easier to release your trouble immediately to the Lord and let Him direct your steps. Even when you do let God in, you want Him to tell you what He will do, how He will solve the problem, and when He will do it. That’s privileged information, and since He wants you to trust Him, you don’t often get those questions answered. My guess is He withholds these details so we won’t make a bigger mess of the situation and so we can’t claim any credit for the solution.
God tells us He is the same yesterday, today, and forever and His love for us knows no bounds. He made a way in past times, and because He is consistent in character, and cannot lie, we know He can be trusted to move on our behalf today.
Do you need to recommit to trusting in the Lord? I believe as we release our difficulties and place our faith in Him, He will intervene on our behalf, opening the door for all kinds of blessings to flow into our lives. Pray along with me:
Lord, you are a faithful and trustworthy God. Sometimes I forget and fail to come to you with my troubles, thinking I can solve them by myself. Forgive me and help me to remember that as I trust in you, placing a difficulty in your hands, I open the way for you to bring about the best solution to my problems. As I renew my trust in you, shower me with your goodness as only you can. Strengthen, revive, and bless me afresh. You are a good God, and I give you all the glory, honor, and praise in advance!
Now continue to place your trust in the one who can never fail!