“Be still and know I am God” Psalm 46:10
The weeks leading up to Christmas found me teetering between fear and peace. One of my daughters was awaiting the results of a breast biopsy; my husband was scheduled for surgery to repair a separated shoulder that occurred earlier in the year, and that same week I was supposed to have a bilateral nerve block for chronic lower back pain. As the week progressed, however, I also began experiencing the most excruciating tooth and jaw pain. I went in for an emergency root canal and was sent home on antibiotics unable to eat on one side of my mouth, as there was an infection. Tragedy occupied the headline news.
John 16:33 “I have told you this so that in me you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Thankfully both biopsies came back nonmalignant and my husband came out of surgery with very little pain. My older daughters and in-laws arrived safely I couldn’t be happier as I am with those I love. Despite my back and tooth pain I’m reminded that in my weakness He is strong. My plans for the perfect dreamy Christmas needed to be surrendered. My daughter Courtney said, “you might not always be able to choose your circumstance but you can choose your response.”