God Paved the Way

I accompanied my daughter-in-law, Bethany, and granddaughter, Olivia, to see a pediatric specialist yesterday. (My son is training in Nebraska.) Her food does not go through her system correctly. Sometimes she throws up and other times she gets a painful stomach-ache. Everything stops and she just stops eating.

Genesis 43:14, “And may The Strong God give you grace…” The Message

The parking lot was packed at the University of Iowa Children’s hospital. We drove around several times. We finally squeezed into an available spot. As I carefully slipped out of the passenger side, I prayed the vehicle would be unmarked when we returned.

Genesis 43:23, “The steward said, ‘Everything is in order. Don’t worry. Your God and the God of your father must have given you a bonus. …’ ” The Message

The staff could not have been nicer to Olivia. They let her describe the pain and other symptoms.

Genesis 43:29, “…God be gracious to you, my son.” The Message

The doctor went over everything again after the resident’s examination. They were thorough.

Genesis 44:11, “They outdid each other in putting their bags on the ground and opening them up for inspection.” The Message

This issue has gone on for some time. It is frustrating to find the only treatment is the one you are using. He did triple the dose but the side effects do not make that good news.

Genesis 45:5, 7, “…God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. (7) God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance.” The Message

The doctor scheduled an ultrasound for Thursday. I believe we needed this appointment to pave the way for the ultrasound. As long as there is any pain, we will keep looking.

“…After five of the longest and most excruciating days of my life, a new doctor came to my hospital room. He ran one last test. And, finally, we had some answers. …I had questioned God because of the pain…But in the end, God used the pain to save my life. …The pain was what kept me demanding the doctors run more tests…” “Saved by Suffering” Lysa Terkeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Have you ever had pain that led you to uncover a serious problem? Have you ever requested one more test?

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