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It’s okay when the Great Physician says so

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

It’s okay when the Great Physician says so

“Into Your hands I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth and faithfulness.”                Psalm 31:5 (AMP)

By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

      Just when we think that we can’t handle another stressful incidence, guess what another traumatic occurrence happens.

As I was enjoying life I started to think about those who were suffering me. Pondering the need for giving  condolences to someone who lost a family member left me struggling with what to say and how to present words to comfort.

It’s not an easy thing to do when you can see the pain and agony etched in a friend’s face who has just lost a loved one. Or try talking to someone who was recently told that they have an incurable illness with less than a few months to live.

Have you ever visited someone in intensive care hooked up to machines that only appear in Sci-Fi movies that amplify life sounds of struggling to live sounding like the ocean pounding against the shore during a storm?

Seeing life slipping away humbles and hollows you at the same time.

Feeling pity, hurt and ill-equipped to bear a burden of a love one, as I always try to do, I seek guidance and directions from the Bible and sure enough I find the answers.

Scripture says God comforts us so that we can be a comfort to others. It can be difficult for one to see the light at the end of the tunnel when he or she is blinded by unpredictable circumstance or just an everyday mishap.

What do we do, how do we overcome that which beats and temporarily blinds us or how do we deal with the unexpected twist and turns of life’s fate for us?

We stumble on a short breathing space and just when we feel a little bit of  reprieve at the end of our rope, it begins to unravel like a piece of old worn and ragged cloth.

As we continue to go through life, something else happens we find ourselves inundated with situations that we believe are going to destroy us: suffering, sicknesses and all sorts of unfortunate circumstances occur.

When there is no one there to ease your troubled spirit or to calm your soul or to even comfort your pain inflicted body, grab hold of God’s Word, the great healing medicine.

I’m reminded of how the Hymn “It is well with my soul” can about. “It Is Well with My Soul” is a hymn written by hymnist Horatio Spafford. The song was penned after hurtful occurrences in Spafford’s life. In 1871 the Great Chicago Fire almost ruined him by destroying several properties he owned as a successful lawyer, which was his first setback. The second came when he had planned to sail to Europe with his family. As fate would have it, he changed his plans, and sent his family on while he stayed back  on business resulting from the fire. The ship his family was on smashed into a container boat and sank rapidly. All four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived. Spafford was inspired to write the hymn as he sailed to meet his brokenhearted wife when the ship passed in close proximity to where his daughters had drown.

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

     “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people restored? [Because Zion no longer enjoyed the presence of the Great Physician!] Jeremiah 8:22 (AMP)

     When God says it’s okay,  it is and everything is all right .


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