At some point in our lives, most of us have sat in a doctor’s office, and they have ordered testing for information about a concerning matter. Any time we have a medical test, there is always the possibility of unfavorable news and a life changing report coming back.
How do you usually respond? For me, the initial response always seems to be the feeling of my heart dropping down to my stomach. And then the “what-ifs” start marching their way into my mind, usually projecting the worst-case scenarios.
And then I have to battle my way back to a position of confidence and trusting in God. Sometimes it doesn’t take much effort, and I can dig myself out rather quickly, especially if the test will be done on that same day. But other instances, when testing must be scheduled in the future, time is not my friend and I have to strap down and prepare for the journey to pass my test.
Last month I took Kennedi to see a new orthopedic doctor to monitor her progress as she had returned to competitive sports. During the visit, an evaluation of her knee brought on some concerns of possible additional injuries to her knee, and a new MRI was ordered. You can read here about that experience as it is the foundation for this week’s story.
While waiting for the insurance approval for the MRI and then the subsequent appointment, I was teeter-tottering between a position of faith and a struggle of possibly having my world turned upside down again. After all we had just went through, are we going back to ground zero?
During the wait, my mind kept going back to the number of the times I’ve found myself in this very situation. Orders for x-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs and blood tests. My goodness, now that I think about it, this family has certainly had a great deal of testing done over the last 10 or so years.
Preparing for the testing usually consisted of me focusing on a powerful scripture I memorized in my childhood, that my mother used to encourage us whenever we were fighting a seemingly insurmountable task:
Philippians 4:6 always instructed me – Don’t worry or be anxious about anything, but in every situation, present your specific request to ME through prayer while giving thanks.
Ok, let’s do this:
God. I’ve been in this faith fight for a long time. Since July 12, 2018, I’ve trusted you. I’ve done everything I could to fight off worry and fear. All I’m asking for you to do is heal her. I believe you can do it. I know you can do it. I don’t know why we’re still in this situation, but my request is that this test will come back normal. Even though I would have never wanted this to happen, I’m thankful for everything you’ve taken us through, and how we’ve been able to use this experience to encourage others. Thank you for answering my prayer and being such a faithful God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I followed the scripture’s instructions… I’m trying not to worry (sometimes successful, sometimes not so much), I’ve taken my request to God in prayer, and with a thankful heart.
I started searching my YouVersion Bible app for a devotional reading plan focused on faith. I found one and dove right in. On the 4th day, I got the revelation I needed to get me through this period of waiting:
“Everything that God does in your life [is] by his grace and through your faith” – Rick Warren, Daring Faith: The Key to Miracles
One of the scriptures included in the reading for that day was this week’s Play Prediction: God rewards those who diligently seek Him. And that’s just what I was doing – seeking His help, guidance, direction, and strength to get us through this test (literally and figuratively).
I decided to read the entire chapter of Hebrews 11, which has also been referred to as the Hall of Faith. Just as in the sports world we have a Hall of Fame to honor athletes who exhibited exceptional prowess in their sports, the Hall of Faith chapter recounts extraordinary acts of faith recorded in the Old Testament.
Noah built the ark in faith, Abraham believed in God’s promise when there was no physical evidence to support it, Sarah became pregnant well past child-bearing years, Moses refused to be called Pharaoh’s daughter and eventually led the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, and numerous other faith-filled acts.
Not everyone listed in the Hall of Faith was rewarded in the most desirable way, but they each honored God by their actions, and trusted Him with their outcome.
And the best thing about the Hall of Faith is that we don’t have to be voted in! It’s completely up to us whether we will be counted in that distinguished collection of people who exhibited great faith in a manner that changed the course and direction of their lives.
I was determined to be included in this illustrious group. As I read through the chapter, each instance invigorated me – I’m not prideful by any stretch of the imagination, but I honestly believe that I’m just as important to God as anyone else, living or dead. And so are you!
Whenever we read or hear any story of someone overcoming a trial and achieving victory, it should be a reassurance – if God did it for them, He can certainly do it for us too.
And today, I share my story of faith to encourage others, just as the stories in that chapter inspired me that day. When we returned for the results, I was praying and thanking God for a good report as we sat in the exam room. When the doctor opened the door, my heart began to race. When we received the update the MRI was normal, I slowly exhaled my thanks to God, and the weight of this trial disappeared instantaneously.
He did it again.
Add my name to the Hall!
Words still can’t express my gratitude – Hallelujah will just have to do.
Do you have results you’re waiting on for any situation in your life? Maybe a medical test, financial decision or some other approval/denial that could impact your life?
What acts of faith can you demonstrate while you wait? What can you do to ensure your name gets added to the Hall of Faith?
Feel free to share your response in the comments section…