“God looks after us all, makes us robust with life— Lucky to be in the land, we’re free from enemy worries. Whenever we’re sick and in bed, God becomes our nurse, nurses us back to health.” Proverbs 41:2,3
Last week I had a medical test of which a biopsy is routine. When I got home from the doctor’s office, I immediately looked up all the possible scenarios I might be facing. Yet, if the doctor had thought something was seriously wrong with me, he’d have told me what I am possibly facing.
Wikipedia and other sources make it easy to self-diagnose our medical problems. Years ago, my husband had severe pains in the mid-section of his belly. I typed in the search engine “pain in stomach area” and found many possibilities. When I got to gall bladder, it became pretty evident he was having an attack. When we saw the emergency room doctor, I said, “I think he’s having a gall bladder attack.” The doctor replied, “It doesn’t appear to be, but we’ll do tests.” The next day he had surgery to remove the gall bladder. That’s one case where I was right about a computer-generated diagnosis.
It’s easy to get caught up in a dooms-day theory by reading too much about medicine. Doctors spend years looking at all the facts and sometimes miss the diagnosis. That’s why it’s called practicing medicine. For now, I’ll practice not worrying too much in advance.
Lord, thank you for being my spiritual health provider. Amen.