Devotion: Happiness and Loneliness, Finding The Balance By Remembering Christ’s Presence
Posted Mar 25 2011 10:00am
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” (Romans 8:35)
My husband goes to the majority of my doctor’s appoints with me. I’m thankful for his companionship, especially on the days when I have procedures or receive test results. There’s something wonderful about knowing that I’m not alone. Someone else is there offering a smile, carrying medicine, or helping me remember critical information.
Recently, I needed an MRI, and Norman came with me. Because our medical facility was undergoing reconstruction, he couldn’t sit in the usual waiting area. He went as far as he could, then I went the rest of the way alone. When my name was called, I followed the tech outside to a modular building. Our route was covered with clear plastic, but the dusk created a lonesome atmosphere.
I hoped that I would be able to remain still during the test. As I was rolled inside the tube, the muscle spasms started. I knew I had to focus my mind or I would prolong the test.
So, I started praying, asking God to take my mind off the pain. As I focused on God, I was reminded of things I should be thankful for – our insurance, the extended hours, even the MRI. I felt myself relax and was able to complete the test.
Prayer: Lord, I am sure there will be times when I face trials alone without someone beside me and am tempted to feel loneliness symptoms, but no matter what I’m going through, I have to remind myself that nothing will ever separate me from You and Your love.
About the Author
Dorothea lives in California with her family. Although she has endured the challenges of chronic illness for more than 20 years, she trusts in God’s grace to help her get through each day. Visit her in the Sunroom.