In the summer of 1994, we began a difficult medical journey with our oldest son. Mark was not growing correctly and we were puzzled. Several doctors were unsure of his growth and development, but one doctor encouraged us to visit Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX. The pediatric endocrinologist gave us a long list of medical tests and over the next 2 months we sought to identify Mark’s health problem. The actual culprit was not identified for 6 months. There were many sleepless nights, lots of tears, and daily prayers as we cried out to the Lord for an accurate diagnosis.
I grew to love the Psalms during this time. It was the book to turn to when I didn’t even have the words to pray. As my tears freely flowed, I knew that God saw each one and He cared for me. The verses and chapters would wash over my soul like healing oil. I could be quiet and still – waiting and trusting the sovereign, wise, and all-knowing God. My troubled heart was comforted and I was able to offer praise to the Lord.
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. ~Psalm 5:1-3
So, what are you facing right now?
Fill in the blank – . I can assure you God wants to sit with you, right in the middle of the pile, and He wants to hear your heart’s cry. The book of Psalms meets us where we are and directs our hearts to focus on the Lord.
And the rest of the story –
Mark was diagnosed with Cushings Disease. His tumor presented in the pituitary gland. Successful transsphenoidal surgery removed over 60% of his pituitary gland. God was gracious and allowed Mark to grow and develop normally through his teenage years.
In July and August, we are going to read through the book of Psalms. The reading schedule will be different as we read according to the various categories of Psalms and not in numerical order. The Psalms do not fit into neat categories and some of them can actually fit into several different categories. The chapters include worship, song, praise, lament, teaching, wisdom, guidance, and trust. Many of the verses have ministered to me during difficult days in the past and I look forward to reading the book of Psalms again.