Alone. I sat in the emergency room alone last week. My family was unable to be with me. I wondered if I would die. Tears filled my eyes as I sat in the waiting room alone. Surrounded by people, but alone.
But then … God.
God spoke to my heart and reminded me I am never alone because He is always there. He began to show me things all throughout my eleven hours and thirty-five minutes spent there—touches of His grace, provisions of His mercy, comforts of His love. He gave me hope. He brought me joy. He sent a friend who read His words to me, prayed over me, attended to my needs, and kept me company for ninety minutes of that very long day with offers to give more assistance later. Others prayed from afar. Strangers stepped up to assist me. Kindness and skill flowed from the employees. It would take a while (eleven hours and thirty-five minutes) to tell you about all of the goodness of God in the midst of that hospital. He was in the midst of that day, every single minute of it. His hands were in the details, and He deeply touched my soul.
After my release from the emergency room, I reflected upon my experience there and the following words came to my heart:
He’s always there.
His face is before me.
His hands uphold me.
He goes before me.
He walks beside me.
He’s got my back.
He watches over me.
My feet walk His paths.
His voice is in my ear.
His spirit testifies to mine.
His light is in my eyes.
His words are in my mind.
His wings cover me.
He’s the Rock upon which I build my life.
My name is known to Him.
The hairs of my head are numbered.
His praise is on my tongue.
His joy is in my bones.
He’s acquainted with all my ways.
He directs my steps.
His mercy is upon me.
In me, through me, and for me, He is always there.
From everlasting to everlasting, He is God.1
For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”2
Cast all your care upon Him for He cares for you.3
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.4
Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!5
1 See Psalm 90:2
2 Hebrews 13:5b
3 See 1 Peter 5:7
4 Psalm 46:1
5 1 Chronicles 16:11
Scriptures taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
©Text and photo Francee Strain, May 30, 2021