God's comfort may be nothing more than a mystical idea to some, but it has been my foundation for these past few weeks enabling me to continue to wait as time drags on. It has been more than a week now since we'd hoped to know what was causing the mass in Dennis' lung, but we really don't know much more now than we did then.
After the bronchoscopy was inconclusive, we thought we'd know when we saw the doctor this past Tuesday, and we did find out at that appointment that the biopsies he had taken came back negative for cancer, but since he couldn't actually biopsy the mass, he ordered a PET scan.
One reason I haven't written earlier is that they had told us to call late this afternoon for the results of that test. I figured I'd wait to find out before writing. However, when we called, the nurse said the doctor hadn't reviewed the results, and they never shared them over the phone...
Since we don't have another appointment with this doctor for a full month, that may mean we won't know the results of that scan until then. So we're still waiting.
I think both Dennis and I have realized just how difficult it can be to wait! But, there are so many situations in life when waiting is required. To me, when I have to wait is one of the times I most need Gods comfort.
Almost always when I have to wait it is because I want, or need, to know something I have no ability to find out. At those times it is very comforting to me to realize God knows what I don't, and since He does, I don't have to know, no matter how much I'd like to.
As I've thought about how God has comforted me through these past few weeks, I've realized that He most frequently uses songs and scripture to comfort me. I've always loved singing, and I have the words to many songs memorized. Two that the Lord has used to comfort me recently have been:
Simply Trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way,
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus that is all,
Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by,
Trusting Him what'ere befalls,
Trusting Jesus that is all.
When I do not understand God's leading,
When I do not know the reason why,
He should choose the path that lies before me,
Still to Him in prayer I can reply,
I will trust when I cannot see,
When I'm faced with adversity,
And believe God's will is always best for me,
I will trust when I cannot see.
Additionally He's used verses I've memorized to comfort me. One of my favorites is Romans 8:32. "He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, How shall He not with Him also, freely give us all things."
Since I know He loved me enough to let Christ die for me, isn't it a little silly to think some circumstance in my life now is there just to make me miserable?
When I start thinking I can't stand the waiting anymore, I'm reminded that "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". (Phil. 4:13) And I know that God will enable me to wait as long as I have to.
I don't know how the Lord has been comforting Dennis, but I suspect it hasn't been exactly like He has comforted me, because the things that comfort me, he might not find as helpful.
But I'm thankful that God knows exactly how best to comfort each one of us as His children, and He has promised to do so when we need it.
In fact, he was so interested in comforting us, that when He sent the Holy Spirit to live inside each of us, he called him "The Comforter".
I'm thankful, and encouraged, to remember He cares about our comfort.
Available but Never Forced
God's comfort is just one facet of his unfailing love. Scripture is full of his promises to comfort us. As He comforts us, He wants us to comfort those around us.
However, God never forces His comfort on us. We must go to Him to receive it. Just as a child has to go to his parent if he has fallen for comfort, we have to go to God and ask for his comfort and help when we are struggling with difficulties and trials. If we don't, the comfort is there for us, but we won't have it.
Sometimes it is easy to get our eyes on the circumstances instead of keeping them on the Lord. When that happens we won't experience God's comfort and circumstances can quickly seem unbearable.
At those times, frequently another believer can help us by reminding us to go to God for our comfort.
Frequently Experienced through Fellow Believers
Our church family has been used of God during this time to comfort and encourage us as have churches around the country.
Additionally, we know of at least eight churches that are praying for Dennis during this time. We greatly appreciate those prayers, and we trust they will continue to pray for us.
We appreciate your prayers as well, please continue to pray that we'll be able to find out exactly what health challenges he faces, and that the Lord will give Dennis wisdom to know how best to confront, and by God's grace, in His will, overcome those challenges.
I was hoping to wrap up this saga with this week's page, but I trust God will comfort you, as He has us, while we're still waiting for the final outcome of this matter.
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