“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
When Gina ran to the hospital with her husband, she was in her 7th month of pregnancy. He had a perforated umbilical hernia that required surgery immediately.
The doctors helped her with the heavy bags and purse she carried. The relatives never showed up; her closest friends were out of the city for holidays. The only friends available were taking care of Gina’s kids. During the four-hour surgery, she was utterly alone fearing the worst. But the words of Psalm 23 came to her mind: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.”
She clutched the ring with the cross in one of her fingers and began to pray, repeating those words, over and over. Soon she was not frightened anymore. She knew that whatever would happen, it would be part of a higher plan for her good. The operation was successful. And Gina’s faith, stronger.
Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of hard situations in which there is little you can do. Here is your best weapon to avoid losing the peace: prayer. Take heart, picture the Lord sitting right there beside you and speak to him. He will give you all the strength to walk through that passage, knowing that he has overcome, triumphant, over the world.
Dear Lord, stay beside me. I am not afraid, for you are close beside me