Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Just Stay Calm

"The Lord Himself will fight for you.  Just stay calm."
Exodus 14:14

As many of you know, the past couple of months have been rough for me.  A number of medical tests and procedures, stomach issues, and strong reactions to a treatment for Lyme put me back to a low level of health that I have not seen for several years.  This past week was especially challenging.  I realized how sick I was when both my doctors, who were going on vacation, gave me their cell numbers just in case.  One asked me to check in with her every two days. We are blessed to have very caring doctors! 

One night as I lay in bed tremoring, jerking with spasms, extremely weak, and struggling to get a full breath, I remember thinking, "I could die tonight.  I am so glad Joel is here with me, I don't want to die alone."  Treating Neurological Lyme Disease is a war with endless battles and many surprise attacks.  It is easy to become weary.  The above verse was one I learned a few weeks ago, and I took comfort in it that long night. 

Just stay calm.  It is not always easy to do.  Sometimes our circumstances warrant a fearful response.  Whether we are worried about finances, a loved one, or our own health, it is difficult to stay calm.  But it is not impossible.  Jesus is not only with us, but he fights for us. We are never left facing life's challenges on our own.

Take comfort today in knowing that whatever you are facing, enduring, or fighting, that God HIMSELF fights for you.  Just stay calm, friend.  Just stay calm.


Elaine said...

I am not sure I have ever ready that verse. It is such a comfort!

Wish it was easier to do than it seems to be.... I find myself "not calm" so very often:(

I will remember this!


Trudy said...

I'm sorry to hear that you have not been feeling well. I hope things have turned around a bit for you. These are very reassuring words! It is certainly difficult to not get swept up in things at times...I will also remember this verse!

Blessings to you!

Jan Lyn said...

Oh Renee, I am so sorry to read you are struggling so much. I am thankful that you have Joel beside you too and more so that God's presence is always with you. I just jotted down that verse from Exodus to write and include in my bible index card file that goes every where with me.
Sending warmth and prayers.
Jan Lyn

Rebecca said...

How disconcerting! I had no idea.