May I begin with a joke?
A woman, calling a local hospital, said, “Hello, I’d like to talk with the person who gives information regarding your patients.”
The voice at the other end of the line said, “What is the patient’s name and room number?”
She said, “Mary Hall in Room 532.”
“OK, let me connect you with the nursing station.”
“This is nursing station 5-A. How can I help you?”
“I would like to know the condition of Mary Hall in Room 532.”
“Just a moment. Let me find her records. Oh, yes, Mrs. Hall is doing very well. In fact, she’s had two full meals, her blood pressure is fine, her blood work just came back as normal, she’s going to be taken off the heart monitor in a couple of hours, and if she continues this improvement, the doctor is going to send her home Tuesday at twelve o’clock.”
The woman said, “Thank God! That’s wonderful! What a relief!”
The nurse said, “It sounds like you must be a family member or a very close friend!”
“Well, not exactly. I’m Mary Hall in 532, and nobody here tells me anything!”
Life is difficult sometimes. And it’s not been easy for me this month, dear reader. My prayer to God today was:
Lord, this month has been filled with adversity, bad news and trouble. Please help me learn everything you want me to do in responding properly to these things by the last day of the month. I can relate to Job. Really. I would like October to be a good month filled with fantastic news!
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34:17 NKJV
The Bible states that the righteous have troubles and afflictions. The sinner does too, but the righteous have the Lord’s promise that He will deliver us out of them all. Yet, we seem to forget that God is there to comfort us. Or maybe we don’t believe that He wants to help us.
Have you ever experienced the Domino Effect? Like “It’s just one thing after another…” The first thing we look for is comfort. Comfort can be found in many things, and certain people who have brought comfort to us in the past. Sometimes when we find ourselves entangled in a hardship, we find it easy to run to our closest friends for consolation.
One day I put my rings on the counter to give the boys a bath and forgot about them for awhile. When I went to get them, my wedding band was missing out of the pile. I screamed and my boys came running, “What’s the matter, Mommy?”
“Did you take my ring?”
And my sheepish-faced-five-year-old says, “Yes, Mommy, it’s in my pocket.”
I told him he could not touch my rings ever again and he says, “But, Mommy, I’ll be careful with them!”
The first thing I did was call my friend.
We might call on our friends first, and forget to believe that God is our God of all Comfort. Perhaps we take a circumstance as a punishment from Him and then subconsciously refuse to allow Him to comfort and help us. Sometimes we have allowed our relationship with the Lord be the most uncomfortable part of our lives. Perhaps we see Father God as the unrelenting judge. He is Judge, yes, but He is also balanced with being the God of all Comfort.
Perhaps we subconsciously question why God would allow suffering to come into our lives. If we look at the question honestly, though, we would see that we have someone who is always with us to show us where we have made a mistake. Then His forgiveness, strength and grace are abundantly provided for us through His loving kindness. God is perpetually with us. The knowledge of that is very comforting.
What are your sources of comfort? Do you allow God to be a primary source of comfort?
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*Joke from Let’s Laugh, by C. Peter Wagner, copyright 2007. Used by permission of Destiny Image Publishers, 167 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257. http://www.destinyimage.com