Nine years ago a verdict was given. “You have kidney failure.” The doctor stepped out of his office and came back with a big binder. He placed it cautiously before me. It read DIALYSIS. I was shocked. Over the next few weeks there were lots of tears as my husband, family, and I read and searched God’s Word for answers. The decision was made. I would accept the nightly routine. Then at the end of eight years the peritoneal dialysis became ineffective, and I was changed to hemodialysis. More tears were shed and more prayers. The Word of God became more precious than ever and my worship and reliance on God took on a deeper level of fellowship. There was new insight and new desire.
And what was God’s purpose for me spending four and a half hours, three times a week, on a bed in a confined renal unit? Clearly, this was now a new area of service and I needed to be salt and light. That meant a keener focus on God’s Word. Promises read before came with a new insight. God is a Holy God. His name is above all names. The name jumped up over and over. I knew it was emphasized in the New Testament but to read it in Jeremiah and Exodus really drew my attention to it. . . . for you have exalted above all things your Name and your Word (Psalm 138:2). Your adversaries misuse your Name (Psalm 139:20). Set me free from my prison that I may praise your Name (Psalm 142:7). He is to be worshiped because some day at the name of JESUS every person will bow before Him. The writer Paul speaks of Jesus this way, Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the Name above every Name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth (Philippians 2:9-10).
Dear women of the church, spend time in God’s Word. It will strengthen you in good days and in bad days. When the bad days come, you can repeat verses such as Grant me a willing spirit to sustain me (Psalm 51:12b). Pour out your hearts to Him with His Words. He promises that He will “hear,” “encourage” and “listen” (Psalm 10:17).
Ponder the words of this hymn and let’s make it our prayer.
Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart
by George Corly
Spirit of God, descend upon my heart.
Wean it from earth, through all its pulses move
Stoop to my weakness, mighty as thou art
And make me love Thee as I aught to love
Hast Thou not bid us, love Thee God and King?
All, all Thine own, soul, heart, and strength and mind
I see the cross, there teach my heart to cling,
O let me seek Thee and O let me find
Teach me to love Thee as Thine angels love
One holy passion, filling all my frame
The baptism of the heaven descended dove
My heart an altar, and Thy love the flame.
Dear Lord, may our hearts and mind be stayed on you. May your Spirit shine through us, that we may be light.