“Blessed is the man who trust’s in Him!”
On Friday I found a lump that is not supposed to be there. Men, these days are wise and advised to check themselves at regular intervals. Testicular cancer is a regular killer of men as the cancer can spread quickly to the lymph glands and then throughout the body. It can be avoided if like many things caught early. I have had previous problems with tumours etc. My previous blindness to smoking has not helped, notwithstanding, I had a problem!
Earlier in the day I had been comparing prices for flights to Nepal in February to link up with Pastor Bhim. He is my friend and I am going on a mission there. I am planning on being here in France for approximately another 6 or 7 weeks. How will I go on and what will happen are instant questions thrown at me? I am on my own. Only in adult presence, as I have my trusty dog Bertie and more importantly than anything, I gave my life to Jesus 3 years ago, and He won’t ever leave me! Amen.
The mind can ask loads of quickfire questions and get us in a panic quite quickly. My old familiar crutches of alcohol and cigarettes are long since gone. Jesus cured me of them tricks of the devil, so we have to silence those thoughts. Beat them back and quiet them with His love, with His word, with prayer and supplication. Nothing can stand in the way of His word.
That evening I read Psalm 34, its one of king David’s psalms of thanks for deliverance when he pretended madness before Abimelech. It has such a strong sense of protection I find it so comforting. Any worries were put behind me after my prayers and I have slept soundly like normal these past few days.
The next day I considered asking a few of my closest brothers and sisters for specific prayer. These are without a doubt, fantastic friends in the faith that I have. I am really blessed to have them, however I felt the Lord saying “Trust in Me”. That He was going to show me something new. I realise that maybe sometimes people are too quick.
I know I have been in the past, to share our problems with our brothers and sisters and there is nothing wrong with that. The Bible encourages us to do just that and the Lord wants us to go to Him for everything, to put ALL our trust in Him.
Later, I felt the Holy Spirit encouraged me to respond to a meme that someone had posted from across the water in the USA. It was to just ask if anyone wanted prayer, so I was a little unsure. I left a message of encouragement to say, well done for what they were doing and it was good to see them using the platform for good. I did not give any hint to anything at all, just one-way encouragement that was it.
They responded shortly after with a message to say thank you and that the Holy Spirit had led them to believe that maybe I was in need of prayer as there was something potentially very worrying for me. Could they pray for me as that is what they had been told to do? They were sorry if they had got this completely wrong!
Well I thanked the Lord and confirmed to them that this was the case and I would only be too glad for them to pray for me. It turned out that this had been a real confirmation to them as this was something that they felt they had been led to do, so we were all blessed and God was glorified! Hallelujah!
I woke the next morning with such joy I was assured that there was no lump, but there was? However there was no thought of worry or anxiety. I went yesterday morning to the local doctor and with the help of a French speaking English patient was seen by the doctor immediately! There was no time to even sit in the waiting room, I had only expected an appointment and Bertie was in the motorhome outside.
After an examination I was sent to the main hospital about 20 miles away with a letter marked ‘URGENT.’ I spent the afternoon waiting to see a specialist. That wasn’t a problem as I had my little New Testament and psalms with me. I managed to have another dig into Romans 6,7 & 8, glide through 9,10,11 &12 and have a little luxury dip into Colossians. All the while safe in the knowledge that my trust is IN HIM.
After seeing the specialist at teatime, I was told I would need an ultrasound scan. Okay I thought as I started to get dressed. “No, no, wait ½ hour monsieur”, wow I was amazed at the efficiency, doctors, oncologist and ultrasound all in one day without an appointment.
After the scan I was told the ‘good news’ that it was just a cyst. Praise the Lord!
However, I would need to see a different specialist, a urologist at a different hospital in a different city.
Ten minutes later, a printout with time, date and location, 0900am the very next morning, this morning. So we set off just after 7am this morning, had the appointment, all is well, doesn’t require removing yet, and I had to have some blood samples which the results are available about now.
I am amazed by the efficiency, 4 appointments, 3 different doctors/specialists, 1 laboratory technician, 3 different locations for an English stranger with no medical history in that country. The French medical authority is outstanding, but I give God the glory!
You see, God guided me through this. He is my safety. He is my protection. Seeking Him, putting all of my trust in Him wiped away any fear. Any anxiety before they had time to grow. He is my healer, His word wraps around me like a warm comfy blanket.
There are absolutely numerous verses of scripture. The title of this is from psalm 34. The Holy Bible is bursting with love, pure unadulterated love, to turn to when you need to feel that extra strength of comfort. Put your trust, your confidence, your faith in Him today and forever. Amen.
I thank you Jesus and give you all the glory.