“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Marching Orders

 by Macy Johnson

“At the Lord’s command they encamped,

and at the Lord’s command they set out.

They obeyed the Lord’s order,

in accordance with his command through Moses.”

(Numbers 9:23 NIV)


Eric, the physical therapy technician, followed me as I laboriously pushed the walker down the hallway. I ran headlong into Cora, one of the hospital administrators. “Who are you looking for?” the technician asked. “Her!” she said pointing at me.


Cora had come into my room the morning before as I was writing, “No More Pain,” for my weekly blog. Dr. Colby had walked into the room as we discussed writing opportunities and how to publish an online web log. I asked to share my God Sighting with them and they graciously listened as I read the words my heavenly Father had given me. Tears flowed and I choked as I recalled my injury.


I sat propped up in my hospital bed that afternoon and watched snippets of a golf tournament. My thoughts were not on the golfers, but on the spectators. “Lord, look! They can walk!” I mused with envy.


When Cora handed me my marching orders/discharge papers that afternoon in the hallway, she remarked, “You have a lot of ‘God Sightings’ to take home with you.” I agreed.


“This is not what I planned, Lord,” I complained. “I want to stay in the campground with the Israelites one more day. It is too painful to move.”


God’s plans and His ways are not mine. Patience is not my virtue. I want to be healed now and walk now and climb steps now and drive a car now!


There is a specific order to everything. I will try to not rush ahead of God and work things out my way.


I will trust my Lord to give me my marching orders for today. I hope you will, too!

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