Psalm 119:82 - My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, "When will you comfort me?"
You’ve just heard some bad news about your health. How could the doctors have not known that you were developing a life-threatening disease? What about all of the regular blood tests and exams? Did the doctor hurry through your visits thus passing over irregularities? But however you got to this point, you’re here. It’s really happening. So what are our reactions to this kind of news? In public we put on a good face and say that it’s going to be okay. But in the quiet moments when you’re alone, you may find yourself screaming out loud, “This isn’t fair! I can’t do this! Why do I have to do this?” Your friends may look at you and feel proud at how you’re fairing and holding up under this terrible burden. Do you tell them what’s really going on? Did you know that it’s possible to do both? You don’t have to muster up a good face when in public, because you can still be screaming inside and be at peace. It doesn’t make much sense, I know, but it is possible to be at peace with something terrible when you know you have God’s arms encircled around you bringing you the comfort you need, and helping you believe that there can be a turn around.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.