by Macy Johnson
“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on
for in you my soul takes refuge.
I will take refuge in the shadow of
until the disaster has passed.”
(Psalm 57:1 NIV)
I woke up Monday
morning in the campground with cramps in my abdomen. My inflamed appendix did
not put a damper on my day with my husband and granddaughter. We kayaked and swam
on Clarks Hill Lake. I woke up at midnight in pain. We arrived at the emergency room
near my home at 3 am, and I was transported six hours later to a hospital ninety
minutes away. My thoughts were, “Lord, if it is your will, please help me get
laparoscopic appendectomy was successful. Wednesday morning I was released to return
to the campsite to go home on Thursday.
morning after surgery I walked the halls of the hospital with Garrett. We
chatted about his medical studies and the conversation quickly turned to his
faith. His father was a pastor of a local church. I encouraged Garrett and used
the opportunity to let the love of Jesus pour over him.
seventh night after surgery I experienced normal sleep. God gave me the vision
of sleeping in His hand. I was able to rest peacefully, knowing He is in
control and is intimately aware of what we are going through.
and I recently watched a documentary on the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster.
It gave me a fresh, new perspective on danger, disaster, and death. God
reminded me that we must go through difficult times in order to help others on
their journey in this life.
call on the name of Jesus and trust Him to lead me through the valley of the
shadow of death. I hope you will, too!