Friday, 9 July 2021
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
” Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you .”
That morning, panic set in rapidly. Fear and helplessness took hold of me. The amount of blood in the bathroom toilet was unusually large. It could easily fill half a bowl of porridge. “Let’s take her to the hospital now!” I said to my wife, worried for our daughter who had been coughing blood.
It was frightening. Strangely, other than phlegm and a weird taste (according to my daughter) in her throat there were no other symptoms.
As we drove to the hospital, we prayed that God will heal our daughter and that it will not be a life-threatening matter. Secretly, in my heart, I prayed that it will not be cancer or Covid-19. To cut the long story short, after seeing two doctors that day, it was confirmed that the bleeding was due to a burst blood capillary inside her nasal passage, the result of a sinus infection. My wife and I were hugely relieved! We were truly grateful to God for answering our prayers.
Later that day, reflecting on the entire episode, I asked myself: What if the diagnosis has been different? What if it was a complicated medical condition? Would I still be grateful and trust God? Honestly, I don’t know. I would certainly be heartbroken and devastated. I dare not say if I would emerge victorious in my test of faith. But I know that I must still cling to the promises of God. He alone cares for us.
This episode reminds me of the old Sunday School song “Did you ever talk to God above” by Francis Towle Rath. I love this song as it a source of great encouragement in times of difficulty and challenge. I especially like the part in the song where it says “Every tiny little fear He knows”.
This morning, I encourage you to trust God. He is not too far away from you. He knows your pain, your challenges and your fears. But, trust Him. He alone cares.
Lord and Saviour, teach me to trust in You always even if all seems helpless. In times of panic and fear, teach me to rely on Your everlasting love always. In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen.
这一事件让我想起了弗朗西斯•托尔•拉斯 (Francis Towle Rath) 的老主日学歌曲“你曾与上帝交谈过吗”。我喜欢这首歌，因为它在困难和挑战的时候给我很大的鼓励。我特别喜欢这首歌中说“祂知道每一个微小的恐惧”的部分。