The focus on my blog this year has been the fruit of the Spirit. While looking through some devotions written prior to starting my blog, I found this one. I recalled the way I was truly at peace during that time. I wonder if I could wait with the same peace and patience now. I wonder if things had turned out differently how drastically my attitude would have changed. Perhaps you are the one waiting for test results today. If so, I hope this will encourage you.
WAITING FOR RESULTS
By Carolyn Dale Newell
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jer. 29:11 NIV
Nobody likes the waiting process, especially when they are waiting on test results. Perhaps you are waiting now, like me. I should get my biopsy results after the long Memorial Day weekend. Surprisingly, I feel at peace, which is much different than the anxiousness that filled me while waiting in the past.
I know that we are not to borrow trouble from tomorrow. Matthew 6:34 says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” However, I also need to be prepared in case it is bad news. That one phone call could change my life.
I remember the trials that God has brought me through and His amazing grace. I don’t handle illness and pain well, but if this is the path that God allows me to walk, I will walk it in order to give Him glory. I know among all the horrors that there will be beautiful, precious moments with God. I focus on His promises and His mercy. I remind myself of the times when God’s strength carried me through because I was weak. I know that “all things work together for good to those who love God” (Rom. 8:28). I have plenty of faith that all will be well, but I also understand the value of suffering.
God has plans for each of us. Christians have a hope and a future with Him in heaven. We don’t always know or understand His plans, but be assured that everything in this life is Father-filtered.
I will thank God for whatever He is going to do. I completely trust Him. Either answer will be alright because it will be for my good and God’s glory Praises to our Lord!
*Note: My biopsy was normal. Praise God!
Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.