Either Way

Either Way

Either way Lord, I will still serve you.~Iyhia McMichael

Recently, I had to go to the ER for shortness of breath. I was diagnosed two weeks ago with a DVT (Deep Vein Tissue) blood clot in my right leg. Some of the symptoms of a DVT  are shortness of breath, chest pains, and increased pain in the leg. I was not sure if the shortness of breath was due to the DVT or if my anxiety about the symptoms was creating it. I heard stories of a blood clot breaking up and traveling to the lungs and potentially the heart; so as I drove myself to the ER, I became increasingly fearful of my situation. One of my best friends talked to me and calmed me down and I am so thankful, but I found myself repeatedly saying, “Lord, this cannot be the end, I have so many things on this earth to do for you.” As they took me to get a CAT-SCAN, I became so fearful, I began to shed tears. I knew that God was in control, but it was difficult for me to surrender that control in regards to my life.

“But even if he doesn’t, Your majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue, you have set up.” Daniel 3: 18 (NLT) 

As a believer, I have found that what helps me the most is to remember how God has delivered others in the bible. I immediately thought of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. King Nebuchadnezzar was furious with them because they refused to bow down and worship the gold statue. Even after the king gave them another chance, the men refused saying, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us” (Daniel 3: 16-17 NLT). The men were willing, through even the worst circumstances to still surrender to the will of the Lord. They had no idea whether God was going to deliver them or not, but they decided to believe that even if he didn’t, they would still declare that God was good. As I was wheeled back to my room after my CAT-SCAN, I decided that no matter what the results were, that God is still in control, and whether there was something wrong with me or not, I will still declare the goodness of the Lord. I realized, that even in the story in Daniel, God used that situation for his glory. The King Nebuchadnezzar, who initially was furious with the men for not bowing down to the statue, saw the goodness of the Lord by saying, “Praise to God of Shadrach, Meshach, and ABednego” (Daniel 3: 28 NLT). I learned through my experience at the ER, that although I was fearful, I can surrender to the fact that either way, the Lord decides to move in my life, that it will all work out for his good, and in a way that will better serve his kingdom.



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