Trust and Obey

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. —Proverbs 3:5, 6, NKJV

During the past two years, I have been having some health issues.

I have seen several different doctors and surgeons, some who are compassionate and caring and some who are rude and do not have an ounce of compassion.

Recently I went for a CT scan, and when I went back to see the doctor who had ordered it, he told me he could see a very small tumor near my appendix.

He assured me there was no need for concern, and surgery was not necessary. He referred me to a surgeon, one I am very familiar with, and he recommended a biopsy.

The appointment was set, and I went to see the surgeon.

“You will need surgery,” he said as soon as he walked into the room.

He showed no empathy as he continued, “And this will not be your last surgery.” He refused to consider doing a biopsy. I left his office feeling very anxious and upset.

That night, each time I tried to fall asleep, a still, small voice would say to me, “Carol, you are fine. You do not need surgery.” I brushed it off and tried to go back to sleep, but again, the voice just kept repeating those words. Finally, I said out loud, “OK, Lord, I hear You.” I felt impressed to call the hospital in the morning and cancel the surgery.

The next morning, after praying, the Lord placed a song in my heart.

When we walk with the Lord In the light of His word. . . . Trust and obey, for there’s no other way! After my devotions, I called and canceled the surgery and requested another CT scan. Immediately, my anxiety went away. I claimed Psalm 86:7, “In the day of my trouble I will call upon You” (NKJV). A while later, I went in for my second scan and waited more than a month before I received a call telling me that the scan had come back clear.

No tumor! I am so thankful to God for His mercies toward me, for getting my attention and reassuring me that I was tumor free. “And the prayer of faith will save the sick” (James 5:15, NKJV). What mighty God we serve!

Carol Dawn Ricketts

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