Easy As A, B, C

“For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” Ps. 27:5

“We need to run some tests.” Those are words you never want to hear from a doctor. Inundated as we are with medical bulletins, our first inclination is to expect the worst. Especially intimidating are the machines used to diagnose our comfort from feardisorders. The Magnetic Resonance Imager, or MRI, with its oh-so-narrow magnetic metal tunnel, can bring out the claustrophobe in all of us. A test like this causes a real break in our daily routine. While we might never reach the point where we look forward to such “breaks,” we can do what one woman did to use the time constructively.

Once inside the tube, she found herself on the verge of panic. Then she remembered some advice her pastor had given her: When things are going badly for you, pray for someone else. To simplify things, she decided to pray alphabetically. Several friends whose name begins with A immediately came to mind. She prayed for Albert’s sore knee, Amy’s decision about work, and Andrews upcoming final exams. She moved on to B and continued through the alphabet. By the letter D, she was totally oblivious to her environment. 

30 minutes later, she was only half way through the alphabet and the test was done. A day later she used a short “break” in her doctor’s office to complete her prayers while she waited for the test results, which showed no abnormalities. Not all breaks are of our own design. Some are forced upon us and seem very unpleasant. But what we do with them is up to us. When you find yourself taking a break from your routine that would not be your chosen activity, turn it over to your Father God and watch Him transform it into a special time for the two of you. 

Listen to This song by Steven Curtis Chapman called Let Us Pray.


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