As a single person who’s chronically ill, I’ve gone through many medical tests and procedures by myself. Occasionally, my friend or my sister goes with me, but many visits I go in alone and I come out alone. Experiencing such loneliness at a time of unknown is disheartening to say the least.
Recently, I underwent a new treatment and as I was heading in to the doctor’s office, I received two text messages and an email on my phone letting me know I was prayed for and thought of (BIG thank you to my two friends Karen, Kim, and sister Gretchen). That meant the world to me. But more importantly, they reminded me that I wasn’t alone because God was with me!
I knew going in to this procedure that I was a little nervous about it. I tend to feel lonely at these times so prior to this appointment I had done a few things to remind myself God was right there. First, I found several verses in the Psalms that encouraged me. I took a picture of those passages with my cell phone so I would always have them with me. (You got to love technology these days.)
Second, I made it a point to tell others where I was going and asked for prayers. If you don’t share your struggles and burdens then how can others help you? Thirdly, I meditated on Scripture before, during, and after my procedure. Scripture always calms my heart. Lastly, I prayed and thanked God for being with me. The best thing about prayer is you can pray anytime, anywhere–even in a waiting room–and no one even knows your praying!
Going to this appointment by myself wasn’t fun, but I left there renewed and at peace because I really wasn’t alone at all. God sustained me and brought me through it. God helps me through each and every day–even those days where it’s hard to get out of bed–He still sustains me.
I hope you are reminded that you are never alone. May you feel God’s presence wherever you are!
Prayer: Dear God, I do feel so alone sometimes. Knowing You are right there with me encourages me greatly. Thank you for helping me through every part of my day. Amen.
About the Author:
Bridget Gazlay resides in beautiful West Michigan. She struggles with fibromyalgia, endometriosis, IBS, kidney stones, and migraines. She works full time but writes and designs fabric art on the side. Bridget’s prayer is that anyone who comes across her writing or artwork would see she allows, “God’s creation to be my inspiration.” Find out more about Bridget at, www.pfccreations.com.
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What things do you do to help make it through your doctor appointments?