for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”
In the quietness of my heart over the summer, I knew that God, in His faithfulness and wisdom, was going to ask me to do something completely out of my comfort zone to grow my faith. The precious P31 Gather & Grow group that meets here monthly is starting a new book this Friday after taking a break for the summer. The book is “What Happens When Women Walk In Faith” by Lysa TerKeurst.
When I injured my knee a few weeks ago, I knew it would be a little life-altering temporarily. The pain was bad and my mobility is still significantly decreased. When the initial x-ray showed nothing, my doctor prescribed an MRI.
Before Jim left for work today, he looked deep into my eyes and said, “Do you want me to go with you to your MRI today?” I assured him I was fine and that God had given me His peace. Jim lovingly hesitated, still looking deeply into my eyes, and asked me again, “Are you sure?” Yes, I was sure.
After chauffeuring my cherubs to school, I headed for my MRI, which was just a few miles away from school. God had filled me with such peace. I couldn’t wait to get there! I wanted to shout, “Yes, Lord! I know You are with me! Let’s do this!”
I am seeking You, Lord. I am looking for You and listening for You here. I was excited to face this fear because He was going before me. He was holding me with His mighty right hand.
The MRI technician came to greet me in the waiting area. “Hi, my name is Paul.” Paul! My big brother’s name is Paul. My dad’s name was Paul. One of my favorite Bible authors is Paul! Just hearing “Paul” made me feel comfortable.
Paul pleasantly explained everything to me and made sure I had nothing magnetic hidden anywhere on my person. He got me positioned on the MRI machine with medical sand bags holding me and my leg still. He pushed my body into the machine, but my head was still sticking out a bit! Yippee!
He asked what radio station I would like played through my earphones, but he couldn’t tune in the local worship station I requested. He told me he’d put on the “easy listening/soft rock” station. A little disappointed, I calmly laid still and waited for the 35-minute MRI study to begin.
“Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10
Seeking Him. Listening and looking for Him. He gave me MRI melodies!
“Come On Eileen” — OK, my mom’s name is Eileen, and I had just spoken to her on the phone before I arrived at the MRI. Big girls still are comforted by their moms! Eileen was praying for me, and I was going to visit her after the MRI. This song made me smile. Thank you, Lord.
“You Look Wonderful Tonight” – This is Jim’s song to me! He still serenades me with this song occasionally, just like when we were dating. It was the last song we danced to at our wedding reception. Very special song to us. This song had tears streaming down my face and my heart swelling with warmth. Jim was praying for me and waiting to hear from me. Thank You, Lord.
“I Wear My Sunglasses At Night” – I thought of our church’s copy center administrator who (like yesterday when I saw him) wears sunglasses inside when he had a migraine. Whenever we see him with his sunglasses on, we all just pray. This song sweetly reminded me to pray for him. Thank You, Lord.
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Need I say more? He’ll be there in a hurry. An MRI had been a mountain to me. He wasn’t moving the mountain, but He was moving me through the mountain with Him and growing my faith. This song made me smile again. Thank You, Lord.
The technician then told me through the earphones that I had only 12 minutes left of the study. I dosed off for the next few songs.
Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like A Woman!” – Starts out “Let’s go girls….” OK, to this song, right there on the MRI table I started dancing with my arms, snapping my fingers and doing the butter churner…all without moving my legs! I am sure Paul thought I was nutty, but that’s OK. I think he actually got a giggle out of it!
This song reminded me of my last two years at the P31 “She Speaks” Conference because they played this song as the P31 staff gals line dance in the big conference room at the opening message. Warmth filled my heart.
God does not forsake those who seek Him, those who look for Him, those who listen for Him.