We all have times in our lives when we wait. Sometimes our waiting is longer, and our hearts and mind find it difficult. Recently, I had to wait. Five days after my annual mammogram, the nurse called and said the radiologist wanted an ultrasound.
The earliest appointment I could get was 11 days later. At first, I didn’t worry. But then, my mind played tricks on me. It was reminded of a verse I memorized years ago: “…Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8, NIV).
I was furious that the prowlin lion caused me to listen to the enemy. The morning of my appointment, I read in my devotions: “You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay” (Psalm 40:17, NIV).
Turns out, my results were benign. But the next time that roaring lion prowls, I’m going to tell him to stop, to leave.
Not all of us get the results we hope for, but we can be confident that God is with all of us each step of the way.
From “Abolish Your Roaring Lions” by Gwendolynn Edwards, from the April 13, 2015, blog of the Women of the ELCA.