Count it all Joy…

Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4

Those verses came into my head on Monday morning (April 29th) as I struggled to sleep in my hospital bed (very hard to do). Why was I in a bed in the hospital? Friday I had come down with what appeared to be a stomach bug, but after sleeping Friday night, most of the day Saturday, and into Sunday the pain, while less, was still there. I went to the ER where I learned I had appendicitis.

Trials and testing of faith will come to each follower of Jesus Christ. Going to that ER on Sunday was a step of faith, I really do not like going to hospitals or doctors offices to be completely honest. I try to avoid them at all costs, but when I got there I felt a peace from God that calmed me. “I go this too, Corey” I felt God saying to me. When waiting in the examining room and getting my first IV and first CT scan, I felt God’s peace once again. It wasn’t me in there, it was Him. I had brought my Bible and was reading it while I sat there waiting for the results. When official diagnosis was appendicitis I knew I was going to have my first surgery (besides having wisdom teeth removed). I was going to be put under for this event, “I’ve got this too, Corey.”

Trials, testing of faith, and storms will come, but the question you have to ask is: who is in your charge of your life, who is the captain of your ship? I am so thankful for a Savior and God who holds me in the midst of these times. I was reminded of the chorus to the hymn “God Leads Us Along” as I sat in the ER.

Some thro’ the waters some thro’ the flood some thro’ the fire but all thro’ the blood some thro’ great sorrow but God gives a song in the night season and all the day long.

Whether they are waters, floods, sorrows, valleys, or appendicitis God leads me along! I am very thankful for the many people who bathed me in prayer. I could feel the Holy Spirit bringing me hints of the sweet smelling aroma that was taken to the Father’s throne room for my health. I am still sore and it will take several days/weeks to heal completely, but I am thankful for another reason to be thankful to my Heavenly Father for His hand of grace and mercy.

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