God is Speaking, Are You Listening?

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my son Andrew had been compiling a playlist for me based on our experiences here in Florida. You can read that post here.This past week, I realized that God was adding a song to my list.

Many of you know that I’ve been dealing with some difficult health issues for the past several weeks.  I’ve been to urgent care twice for diverticulitis. On the last trip I also began treatment for thrush which I got from taking the antibiotics to fight the first problem. Also at the last visit, the doctor decided to do a CT scan to make sure they weren’t missing something since my pain levels hadn’t really resolved.  On Thursday I received a call with the results of the scan.

The nurse’s words confused me. She said, “your scan shows no issues with your digestive system. However, you have a partially collapsed lung and we’d like you to go to the emergency room now for evaluation.” What? I asked her to please repeat herself since I was sure I’d misunderstood. But there was no misunderstanding.

I find it very interesting that for more than a week I’d become increasing aware of a particular song that I kept hearing. We sang it in church. Then I heard in on my Pandora station. Then they played it as background music for the Wednesday night bible study. Then in the video for the class the speaker actually talked about the background of the same song and why it was written.  Finally, on Thursday morning, I woke up with it playing in my head.  I mentioned to Randy that God must be up to something since I kept hearing this song. Randy asked me if that made me nervous. I said not particularly, just that I knew God was preparing me for something so I had to believe it would be alright.

Also on Thursday I posted on Facebook the activities I was involved in with my grandkids and said something about how you just never know what you will end up doing in a day.  Boy was that the truth!

It all came together when I got the call to go to the ER.  We went and after several hours of tests and x-rays I was admitted and put on oxygen.  The most amazing part of all of it was that I was completely at peace.  I didn’t feel particularly worried about what was happening to me. I just knew it would be resolved one way or another.

After two days in the hospital and a zillion questions and doctors listening to me breathe, I was waiting to be discharged and I decided to listen to my Pandora station. Can you guess what the first song to play was?  The same song I’ve been hearing for almost two weeks now. And the name of that song?

It Is Well With My Soul

While the original version is a powerful song, God has also used a newer song based on the original to drive home a deeper understanding. You can listen to it here.   One section speaks powerfully to me.

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name

There are many verses in the Bible about peace but I have a favorite.

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you

God was speaking to me for a week before I needed to draw from His perfect peace for my situation. I am so thankful that I was listening.

He’s speaking still. He knows exactly what’s  ahead for me. He knows what’s ahead for you too.  Are you listening today?