Friday, 9 July 2021
Panic
Prathab V

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.

Prayer:

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.

每日灵粮
星期五,2021年7月9日
标题:“惶恐不安”
作者:帕拉他伯(Prathab V)
翻译:陈月妃

彼得前书5:7“你们要将一切的忧虑卸给 神、因为他顾念你们。”

那天早上,恐慌迅速袭来。恐惧和无助占据了我。浴室马桶里的血量异常大。大概有半个碗的容量。“我们现在就带她去医院吧!”我对我的妻子说,担心我们一直咳血的女儿。

这太可怕了。奇怪的是,她的喉咙里除了有痰和奇怪的味道以外(据我女儿说),并没有其他症状。当我们驱车前往医院时,我们祈祷上帝能治愈我们的女儿,并祈祷这不是危及生命的事情。我心里暗暗祈祷,不会是癌症,也不会是Covid-19。长话短说,当天看了两个医生后,证实出血是由于她鼻腔内毛细血管破裂所致,是鼻窦感染所致。我和妻子都大大地松了一口气!我们真的很感谢上帝回应了我们的祈祷。

那天晚些时候,我回顾了整个事件,我问自己:如果诊断结果有所不同怎么办?如果这是一个复杂的疾病呢?我还会感恩并相信上帝吗?老实说,我不知道。我肯定会伤心欲绝。我不敢说我是否会在我的信仰考验中获胜。但我知道我仍然必须坚信上帝的应许。只有祂顾念我们。

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。

今天早上,我鼓励你相信上帝。祂离你不太远。祂知道你的痛苦,你的挑战和恐惧。但是,相信祂。祂顾念你。

祷告:主啊,我的救主,求你教导我永远信靠你,即使一切都显得无助。在恐慌和惧怕的时候,教我永远依靠你永恒的爱。奉耶稣的名祈求。阿门。