This is Word-filled Wednesday.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
For the last four and a half days my 13year old son has been in hospital. He has been there because of terrible stomach cramping and vomiting. After four days of no food or drink, hoping that what seems to be a bowel obstruction, would correct itself, nothing happened. Yesterday they performed a CT Scan and confirmed that there was a blockage in his small intestine, so surgery was scheduled for today at 3pm.
In reassuring him today, he asked that I read him something from the bible and we read Psalm 23.
Talking to him about the Psalm and who wrote it and so on, I focused on verse four, where it says, though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil. I explained to him what a valley in life was. We talked about the fact that this was a valley, a low point in his life. But his eyes brightened when I was able to say to him, Jesus is known as the 'Lily of the Valley', so that means even in your valley he is there. That gave him the peace he needed to have his operation without fear or worry, because God wasn't waiting until he came from the operating room, He was going in before him, he would be there with him, and he would be there when he came out.
Even in speaking to him, it reassured my own heart, because this was my valley too and even as I showed him the face of faith these last four days or so, I too needed to remember that God's rod and staff would comfort me.
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Ps. As I was writing this waiting in his room, the surgeon came in and said that the surgery was successful. There was a band around the lower part of his small intestine and he was able to successfully correct it. Praise God.