There are quite a few bible verses that really speak to me during my whole ordeal. This is one that God showed me when I was praying for the health of our church music director. He is a young guy with a beautiful young family. Right before Thanksgiving, he was looking at having either a brain tumor or a brain abscess - either way, very scary. The brain surgery he went through was a time of anxiety for all involved. That's when I was searching for a verse to send to him and his wife. God showed me this one. And it has spoken to me for every crisis since then.
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
The promise in this verse keeps my eyes on God. Especially on those days when I'm in so much emotional pain, I feel like I can't go on. God keeps me going.
And as a praise footnote, Jason, our music director? He made a full recovery and in such a fashion as to amaze all of his doctors and physical therapists. Go God!!!