You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26:3-4, ESV)

A person I know came to me full of stress and sorrow. So much had been happening in her life; always has happened in her life. She seems consumed at times with “things” that never seem to stop “messing” with her.

She told me a lady friend, at her church, had given her a book to read. Now her friend had not brought the book specifically for her, that Sunday morning, but just to leave it on the book table for anyone to read.

However, that particular Sunday the two friends sat together and began to chat. The lady friend took the book out of the bag and showed it to my person. During the course of their conversation my person asked if she could read the book and so … the book became a very important part of this story.

Later on in the week so much stress consumed my person that she became very ill and was very concerned about her health. It was a good thing that she had a scheduled doctor’s appointment early the next week.

The day came and she went to her appointment and found out her blood pressure was very high. She has a tendency to basically “go bonkers” over experiences in which she feels uncomfortable and her blood pressure rises. We laugh about it sometimes because her personality seems to really control her blood pressure. Although it is not funny at all, humor can help us overcome some of our stress.

Needless to say her appointment lasted almost two hours. She was taken very good care of at the doctor’s office.

Now, she had not been seeing this doctor very long and was not as comfortable with her as with one of her other specialist doctors. However, the woman doctor was very kind and patient with her and let my friend talk and by doing so this allowed her to become more at ease with this wonderful doctor.

So many times, our physicians are so busy they cannot take the time to really get to know the “in’s and out’s” of their patients. That is where the “special doctors” just glow with God’s radiant light. Indeed, this doctor did “glow with God’s radiant light.”

Over the span of the time my friend was in the office, her blood pressure came down, she opened up and told the doctor what was consuming her and causing this stress in her life.

The doctor was able to prescribe medication for her problems, that she, almost, did not tell the doctor about. Here we have an example of God’s directing her/us and by listening to God, she was helped with this terrible sickness she had experienced a few days before her office visit. Lesson: Turn everything over to God and then listen!

As she was in the room, trying to calm down, she took out the book, she had brought with her and began to read it. The book “Joshua” is a very “calming” read. Remember: God had given her this book via her lady friend at church, and her lady friend had also listened to God.

So, eventually she was able to settle down enough to get her blood pressure down and new medications were ordered.

As she was leaving the office, the doctor was standing by the desk, and she thanked the doctor for being so kind to her. Now my friend wanted to hug the doctor, but was a bit afraid to do so.

There was no need for fear at all, the woman doctor stepped forward and hugged her. My friend rejoiced in her heart and soul!

Standing outside, waiting for her husband to drive up to pick her up, she looked up at the beautiful, sunlit blue sky with the soft cotton-like clouds floating by and prayed with all her heart, in thanksgiving, that God was truly with her this day.

Interesting to note, her church lady friend is a retired nurse. How amazing it is that God puts people in our lives, all through our lives, that help to sooth the stress of circumstances we cannot seem to control.

God is always there for us, sending the Holy Spirit to guide us and sending His children to help their brothers and sisters.

So, I, and my friend give thanks to God for the two wonderful, loving and caring women that God sent to my friend this week. Praises be to God in the highest for K and J. May God bless you and your families and any animal companions you have, and we thank you from our very souls.

My friend knows that the Lord God is an everlasting rock, however, there are many “rocks” that come into our lives, by God’s direction, to help us stand in the time of turmoil in our bodies, minds and souls. My friend had two very “solid rocks” standing with her.

Now the story does not end here … we must learn from this experience and go forth and listen as God calls us to step up and help those He sends to our path. We never know what little gesture will help someone who is in pain, sorrow or any other distress, so be aware of God’s calling.

Leigh Moran of Fort Wayne has had wonderful, painful, frightening and uplifting experiences, centered around her relationship with God, that she shares in her writings. She has seen what faith can do for each of us. She and her husband have three children and three granddaughters. A former teacher and a social worker, she is a 12-year breast cancer survivor. She has a ministry for cancer patients in Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee.

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