With Great Mercy

Finding hope when you have trigeminal neuralgia and other types of pain

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September 18, 2007

But do people know where to find wisdom?  Where can they find understanding? Job 28:12

In a world where people are searching for answers, I look at Job’s words and realize that in his suffering, he understood the value of intangible things. His losses included tangible properties and his family, but in this passage he longs for wisdom, something that cannot be seen, touched, or sold at the market place. Last week, I found myself asking God for wisdom regarding health care issues. My best friend, Mary Ann, has cancer.

Mary AnnI went to visit Mary Ann last week. She had quite a few medical appointments. I was amazed at her stamina as we went from one appointment to another. Mary Ann has been presented with opinions that vary quite a bit, and she is the one who must sort through the information. Perhaps others could do this for her, but she is the person who must make the decisions about her medical care.

Our world has gotten so complicated. Not too long ago, a good number of people were taking a prescribed drug for arthritis, only to learn later than this drug is harmful. Sometimes it seems that we have made the wrong decisions, but it is important to investigate therapies and treatments for illnesses. Investigation leads to more questions and more decisions.  What proactive things can we do while we wait for healing? If healing does not come, what should we do? What should we take?

I have asked myself what I can do for my best friend. To help Mary Ann, I can run some errands or cook a meal for her. She hasn’t asked me to provide foot care yet, but I am ready if that is what she requests from me. I feel as though the most worthwhile thing I can do is to pray that God will heal her as she receives her treatments. I feel confident that He will. I am asking God to give her wisdom about her treatment.

Mary Ann and I took a day to go to a mall. I drove, and we walked from one end of the mall to the other and back. Shopping can be excellent therapy. As we made our way from one store to the next, Mary Ann bought some hats. I bought her a red hat, shaped like the commando hat I wore when I was in USAF special forces.

I thank God for His holy and powerful forces, for His Spirit that guides us in our daily lives. His Word says He will give us wisdom if we ask for it, and I ask for it in Jesus’ name.

Wisdom is more valuable than gold and crystal. It cannot be purchased with jewels mounted in fine gold. Coral and jasper are worthless in trying to get it.  The price of wisdom is far above rubies. Job 28:17-18

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