Published September 8, 2015

Shelia Shares
"Peace Through It All"

Thanks for your many prayers during my recent colonoscopy procedure. The prep was pretty bad on Thursday evening. On Facebook, I had asked for prayers on Friday morning especially for the nausea. So, compared to Thursday evening, prep on Friday morning was a breeze. In fact, I was so tired and relaxed, I almost fell asleep in the waiting room before the procedure. I know it was prayers that made a difference.

After the procedure, I could eat whatever food I wanted. I posted on Facebook: "My dear loving husband brought home muffins this afternoon. How sweet. They were bran muffins. After two days of cleaning out, he brings home bran muffins."

That gave my friends a laugh, as I knew it would. But the comment that touched me was from Dee. Her husband died unexpectedly a week earlier. She posted: "Gotta love 'em, these men!!! I needed a smile this morning, so I thank you two !!!" I was glad that God used a funny moment in our lives to put a smile on someone else's face.*

On Friday morning, I was drinking the last of my prep for the test. I had chosen a mug from the cupboards simply for its size. It was precisely one cup. I happened to notice it had writing on it and when I looked, it was "To God Be The Glory." Of course, the phrase is "to God be the glory, great things He has done." I started to smile and began to praise God, listing all the things that were right with my world. And, unbelievably, I started to actually feel better in the midst of "unpleasantness." Proverbs 17:22 reads, "A merry heart does good, like medicine."

As we sat at the Health Campus in the waiting room, music was softly playing. It was 40s or 50s music. Suddenly I took notice of what they were playing and asked Paul if all the music was Gospel. He told me it wasn't and that this song was actually "Danny Boy." It is the same melody that I know from the song "He Looked Beyond My Fault," written by Dottie Rambo. Again, I felt that God was speaking to me. When I learned to know Christ, "He looked beyond my fault and saw my need." But even in everyday happenings, He is still looking beyond my faults and seeing my needs...and caring about them.

The absolute answer to prayer is the peace as I went into the procedure, the quick return to recovery and the doctor's report that everything was OK. He said I was the easiest case of the day and I should see him again in ten years.

God is in control. Prayers make a difference. God is good.


*PS from Paul: I also got corn muffins because they were on sale, too. Shelia doesn't like corn muffins, so I ate them. They were good. The bran muffins, ironically, were truly awful.

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