“This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him And saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them. O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Psalms 34:6-8 NASB
On July 30, 2004 I woke up to uncertainty. The day before I had been taken by ambulance to Methodist hospital. A couple days earlier I had a frightening experience while lying in bed. I had sought to turn over and an electrical shock sensation called Arachnoiditis had zapped through my body, causing my legs to become instantly weak.
Over the next two days I had more shocks and had gotten to the point where I was all but paralyzed. It turned out that a tumor had cracked through my third vertebrae and was pressing on my spinal cord. I called for an ambulance and was rushed to hospital where I spent nine hours in the ER waiting for a placement. The physician in the ER was a young resident with a specialty in Neurology. She knew something was seriously wrong and began making arrangements to get me to the University of Iowa where they had a great department. Unfortunately, there was no doctor to receive me. She then focused on getting me to another hospital with a great Neurology department, the Mayo Clinic at Rochester. I was placed in a room at Methodist to await transfer to Mayo.
Back to that morning. I woke up and had a dire need for a touch from the Lord. I found some Christian radio on the television and opened my Daily Bread I had in my bible case. The entry for that day was Psalm 34.
I had a desperate hunger for any word from God. My life was a big question mark and I needed answers. I read the passage above and when I got to the part about the Lord hearing my prayer, I burst into tears. I knew that I was not alone. The Lord reached into the pit of despair and pulled me to Himself.
I have gone back to that passage time and time again as I have faced trial after trial. It is a reminder of the faithfulness of our Great God. He is there and He hears.
I can tell you that Jesus is the light in your darkest time, at the bottom of your lowest moment, and an anchor in the storm. Taste and see that the Lord is good, indeed!
Too often we go about focusing on the troubles and not on the Lord. We set about trying to figure it all out on our own. On that morning long ago there was no “figuring it out.” The situation was out of my hands, but God proved that it was in the middle of His.
He held me day by day, throughout grueling tests, humiliating examinations, and much, much pain.
Life is full of so many things that tempt us to take our attention away from God and onto the struggles. When we look at the problems up close they loom large and appear insurmountable. Through Christ, the biggest obstacle is brought low.
Facing troubles? Take them to the Lord. He is there. Too often we let our unbelief limit our reliance on God and we find ourselves doubting. Let this be the day that you turn it all over to Him.
Taste and see today. He is good!