Thursday, March 25, 2010

Medical Tests

Medical tests are spiritual trials. One must face the unknown through the unpleasant and the frightening. Groundless optimism is no better than morose and unwarranted pessimism. One does not know. One would rather be doing anything else than having one's body prodded, pocked, or penetrated by alien mechanical objects operated by strangers.

The trial of testing is but another opportunity to trust in Someone beyond medicine. I bring Scripture verses on cards to these tests, whether I am tested or someone else. I read and reread them; try to memorize them; and meditate on them. The medical environment can be grim: sick, sad, and scared people all around. We need to direct our souls to God through Scripture and not be dragged down by it all.

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