When God sends me a verse 3 or more times, I pay attention. I have been consistently getting "The Lord will fight for you, just stay calm (or be still) from Exodus 14 for a month now. The seventeenth one found above arrived Sunday night via Facebook and Start Your Day With Jesus.
When this popped up, I showed it to Joel right away, but instead of feeling at peace about it, we both felt a bit apprehensive. You, see, # 16 had arrived last Wednesday night, right before an eye appointment scheduled for Thursday morning. The results of that exam were not encouraging and affirmed my feelings I'd had that this verse was warning me of what was coming. Yeah.....I know....not good spiritual thinking! Just being honest.
So Sunday night this arrived before my eyes just hours before I would be going in for a mammogram on my left breast to see if the "something new" they found last fall had changed. We took a deep breath and asked Jesus once again to heal the "something" and that they would not find anything at all.
Monday morning the tech took several images of the left and I went to sit in the waiting room. She came in 15 minutes later and said the radiologist wanted more images. Ugh. Been there before........ So after being pinched and twisted and flattened yet three more times, I ended up back in the waiting room. I told God I was getting really anxious and trying not to be. I then picked up my phone and went on Facebook. Immediately the picture below popped up.
I felt a sense of peace come over me. Here was partly what God was trying to tell me with Exodus 14:14. Even though He has given us the authority to speak healing....we need Jesus ~He is our Healer. And the verse underneath? This was the very first promise God sent my way 5 years ago when I began this healing journey from 27 years of sickness, and I still have it taped to my bathroom mirror. Sunday night I had questioned whether this verse was from God...and where was His "yes and amen" promise, and the next morning here it was in print, on social media. Only God. Just be calm.....descended upon me.
A couple minutes later an elderly woman came in and sat down in the room with me. She asked me if I had had breast cancer. I said yes and she said, "Well, let me tell you my story......." and proceeded to talk about all the horrors she went through and how it started in her right breast and went into the left.....and how many times she battled it and blah blah blah. I looked at this woman nearing 80 and my thought was......The enemy is using her to frighten me and take away my peace. I had no doubt. So I found myself tuning her out, quietly refusing to partner with her story. I went back to focusing on what God had just brought to my attention. When they came to get me for the ultrasound, I was very relieved to leave her verbal death march.
The ultrasound tech was friendly and spent a great deal of time with her wand doing its job. We talked about her job, my history an our sore little toes! As time went by I wondered what was going on as I knew it was taking longer than normal, but before I could ask she said, "Well, I am not seeing anything in the two areas that I am to look at". After a few more pictures, she took them to the radiologist and in another 10 minutes she returned to tell me I could go. The extensive testing had been because it had all disappeared! It was gone. Only God!
While laying on the table I had heard God tell me to pray for this young tech. I was reluctant, but knew I should step out and do so, so when the test was over I asked her if it would be okay if I prayed for her. She said, "Yes, it would!" SO I laid a hand on her and prayed several things that came to mind, ending with her hurting toe.
What an amazing morning it was. God was in the midst of it all, fighting for me, revealing to me His peace and presence, and giving me an opportunity to pray for one of His kids.
I am still studying this verse, but have gathered the whole message of the chapter into the pursuit of all God wants me to learn from His message. I believe God speaks to all of us in unique and special ways. How does God speak to you? How does He reveal His presence to you? Because He is with us. When a doctor's report is bad and when it is good. When we sit in a waiting room looking at a tree filled with pink ribbons for cancer survivors, and when the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy through the words of a hurting woman. He is with us, fighting for us. We can lean back, and have Peace present in all our circumstances. The Lion of Judah fights for us, so take a breath, and stay calm.