In life, we are always walking on a fine line of choices and decisions. Some come with lots of information to help us and some come with absolutely nothing and we feel ‘left in the dark’ about many things. So, in a way there is…
Knowing - not knowing
Understanding – not understanding
Revelation – covering up
In Habakkuk 2:2 it says – ‘…Write this… Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run..’ MSG. And in KJV it says, ‘Write the vision, and make it plain … that he may run that read(s) it.’
I love that I have the Word of God (Bible) as a type of ‘guide manual’ to encourage me along in my journey and this morning on my way to yet another medical appointment (many of late) I was listening to a devotion on inst-alive and they asked us to repeat after them …
‘This is my BIBLE, I am what it says I am, I have what it says I have, this is my BIBLE it has given me new life, it is the WORD of GOD’ – Amen
This was great and I do try to acknowledge that statement regularly but when it comes to making good choices for our own physical bodies, where do we go to get the download manual for our specific version of ‘US’?
Ha Ha Ha – just had a thought, has anyone seen the movie Jumanji: The Next Level?
In the movie they hit their chests for a list of their ‘strengths and weaknesses’… now wouldn’t that be great to be able to do that for a manual on our physical bodies, do’s and don’ts? I remember when I was in the hospital after giving birth to my first child, the nurses were completely straight-faced in saying to me ‘they don’t come with a manual’ – ugh yeah! Not helpful at that point!
As we have grown, we have had to do trial and error on what does and does not work for us in this physical form. I know things now I do like, and things I definitely don’t like, but I am still trying to work out how my body will respond in continuing changing seasons as I am getting older, and THIS is what I am finding very taxing and a struggle at the moment.
Most people (not sure if this is a correct statement but many I speak with do it) refer to ‘Dr. Google’ for their current ailment and look for advice that will appease but even when you are in a situation where you believe the medical advice being given is correct and then another medical arm tells you differently – I do find this VERY CHALLENGING to make the right choices for my specific version of ME!
What then is the correct advice for my physical form and how do I correctly make the best choices moving forward?
Psalm 139:13-16 MSG
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.
Wow, what a scripture – I love that my heavenly father knows me intimately and is the best physician for my set of circumstances 😊 I am reminded back some years ago when I was required to make a tough choice for myself on surgery…
During this same period, not long after returning from Sri Lanka, I had been experiencing a lot of excessive blood loss. Due to everything else that was going on in our lives & being a mother that feels she has to ‘keep it all together,’ I was putting up with it and making do the best way possible. More and more, as symptoms persisted, I was becoming very weary and very drained. Due to our heavy involvement in a lot of volunteer ministry at the time, I sensed we were both under a spiritual attack. However, in the natural, we still need to be
proactive in God, guiding us to the right course of action, so I spent time in
prayer for God's leading.
I had been pursuing doctors and specialists who were all telling me that I just needed to ‘take a pill’ or other quick-fix remedies. Still, when praying, I felt the Lord was directing me to have surgery (not that, that was my first preference). Again, because I kept vigilant and persisted, the specialist agreed to do a hysterectomy for me.
On the morning after my surgery, in December 2012, the specialist sat beside my hospital bed. She said – ‘I wish to commend you on your decision, Kim! Even though I was not recommending you to do this, due to the scan results not showing anything. Once going in, there were several huge fibroids on the back of your uterus that needed to come out, so it is all good now.’ Wow, the relief of knowing that God was guiding me for my best outcome – How amazing is our God!
Extract from ‘Door of Hope’ by Kim Stanfield
In the lead-up to the above surgery, on the day I went in to confirm the booking, the receptionist said to me – ‘oh it’s been canceled as she (the surgeon) does not have an assistant that day so pls take a seat and I will call you’.
I went over to sit in the reception area and sat looking out the window and say to the Lord ‘WHAT? I prayed to ask you if this is what you wanted for me and now you have canceled it?’ I continued to pray for those 10 mins, that the Lord would intervene and that if I was not meant to do this then He would find another way.
When I was called up to the reception desk she said to me, ‘It's all booked in now for that same day and time’ – when I asked why and what happened, she said ‘Oh, at the last minute her (surgeon) preferred assistant made themselves available and will now do surgery for you.’
WOW, what a God we serve that we are HIS PRIORITY for every circumstance – I have no idea in the natural what hurdles God made people jump for me that day, but I am so glad they did as my outcome was AMAZING!
All this is just confirming for me, that even though I may end up in an emergency room for over ten hours (which is what happened to me yesterday) and they put me through the ‘mill’ by taking blood after blood after blood (hospital lost some) and make me take many other tests etc. – that my Heavenly Father is watching out for me and won’t allow anything to go amiss because I know He Loves Me and wants the best for Me 😊
Ephesians 3:18-19 AMP
18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].
Romans 5:5 AMP
5 Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.