The hospital room isn't always the easiest place to find faith. Desperation? Yes. Faith? A solid maybe-possibly-potentially.
There's been a moment or two, though, where the Bible has come alive and fueled the prayers I'm praying and others have prayed. So, I hope this encourages people. I promise I'm not preaching and there's another post coming this morning as an update, but typing it out helps me to process it too.
Bless our God, O peoples;
let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living
and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
(Psalm 66:8-12 ESV)
** I'm ready to get to that "brought us out" bit. Though I promise you, we are currently living in "a place of abundance" when I think about what all God has done and how our family, friends, and friends who are family have been there. Hopefully a few people hear Maggie's story and join the chorus to "Bless our God, O peoples." I can get there in this moment of calm. Not sure I could get there in some of the other moments.
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows
is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home...
(Psalm 68:5-6 ESV)
** He has done this for Maggie. Enough said.
Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
Our God is a God of salvation,
and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.
(Psalm 68:19-20 ESV)
** He has done this for us. Daily bearing for daily burdens. And deliverance and from death. Amen.
Peter describes Jesus as one who, when suffering, "continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly" (2.23). Our suffering is not abnormal, some sort of punishment, or a reflection of a shift in the disposition of God toward us. So we can follow Jesus in this too: entrusting ourselves to Him who judges justly.