Response to Adversity

It is said that usually adversity will make a person bitter or better. Perhaps my immediate response to my husband’s diagnoses of having cancer was neither a feeling of bitterness or of well being: I felt a sense of almost numbness while he was being transferred by ambulance from that Hot Springs hospital to Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.
 
We had been retired only a little over three years, Ray was in his sixties, we had moved into a new house, he was serving the Lord as a deacon and general Sunday school director, and we had not expected this situation. 
 
But I would not accept the doctors’ fatal diagnoses: for doctors aren’t God and don’t have all the answers. Jesus is the Great Physician, and I would trust Him, and not the doctors.
 
Ray’s heart surgery was successful, and he soon began a series of chemotherapy treatments. After one treatment we rejoiced when told the tumor appeared smaller. Even educated individuals can be guilty of ignoring facts and not being willing to deal with reality. Though the facts were not encouraging, I’d continue to hope and pray.
 
Now almost thirty-four years later, while living as evacuees, with my house condemned because of mold, moving from hotels to houses back to a hotel, waiting for further housing, hopefully this inconvenience will be used to rid me of trying to be in control of my circumstances, will remove any pride, and increase my faith in my heavenly Father.     
James 1: 2-4  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Psalm 25: 17 Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.”
Psalm 34: 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all”   
 
Prayer: Thank You for Your sustaining strength during times of illness and other trials and adversities. May each person who reads this weeks’ devotionals be blessed in some way. I pray in Jesus. name. Amen.
 

Doris Lisemby