What do you do when you don’t have any idea what is going on? Several years ago, I was in the midst of a terrifying situation, one where I felt I had absolutely no control. As author Jocelyn Green recorded the event, “One moment Carrie Daws was walking to the kitchen, and the next, she was on the floor, vaguely aware that her shoulder hurt and that she was having a mini-seizure.”
In the Battlefields and Blessings series book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, Jocelyn continues my story (devotion dated October 12) by saying,
Her husband was serving out of the Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia at the time, making her the “single parent” of her eighteen-month-old son and three-year-old daughter at their home in Alaska. She also had an in-home day care for two other children. Blacking out, especially while responsible for these children, was not acceptable.
As soon as she could, Carrie arranged for someone else to take the kids so she could go to the emergency room, but all the tests they ran showed nothing. They sent her home to see if it would happen again.
It did–an instant before she started climbing the stairs.
Another emergency room visit and a few tests later, she still had no answers. Meanwhile, her husband felt helpless and extremely concerned about the safety of his family.
When Carrie blacked out a third time, the emergency room doctor told her it was unsafe to stay by herself anymore. Frustrated and confused, she cancelled her day-care job and moved with her children into the home of a family from church.
No answers, my husband was literally on the other side of the earth, and we were living in someone else’s guest room. Was God still in control?
Thankfully the diagnosis turned out to be something quite simple to control with my diet, but that doesn’t diminish the lesson I learned through those difficult weeks. As Jocelyn sums it up, “When we don’t understand a situation that looks bleak, it’s natural for us to worry. But even when we can’t discern what God is doing in our lives, we can trust that He is still in control.”
Where is worry exceeding your faith that God is still in control?
Are you a military spouse? In addition to this book, Jocelyn Green partnered with Gary Chapman to write a military edition of the Five Love Languages. Read my review of that book by clicking here.
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