Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Joy In My Journey

I have been having a few "bad" days with my MS. I had the worst headache I can remember having. It started Friday, and continued to get worse on Saturday and Sunday. I had told one of my very best friends about it.

When she went to church Sunday morning, they asked for all who were suffering with headaches to come forward. Since I was not there, my dear friend went up in my place. The pastor prayed for healing for me and that I would hear a song in my heart. My friend just told me about this an hour ago. The following song by Michael Card has been going through my head since Sunday evening. I've been singing bits of it around the house and when driving my son to driver's ed.

Joy in the Journey
Michael Card

There is a joy in the journey
There's a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey

And all those who seek it shall find it
A pardon for all who believe
Hope for the hopeless
And sight for the blind

To all who've been born of the Spirit
And who share incarnation with Him
Who belong to eternity stranded in time
And weary of struggling with sin

Forget not the hope that's before you
And never stop counting the cost
Remember the hopelessness
When you were lost

Cause there is a joy in the journey
There's a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey
And freedom for those who obey

I love the music and the lyrics of this song! Oh, and my headache was easing off at noon and was gone by about 2:30 Sunday afternoon. This is what keeps me believing in the power of prayer. I didn't know I had been prayed for, but I know the results. I've been struggling with these terrible headaches off and on for the past three months. They last anywhere from 3 days to a week. They are resistant to pain medication, and they had gotten progressively worse. Saturday the pain was well beyond the "10" in the "rate your pain from 1 to 10, 10 being the worst you have ever had" and I didn't know what else I could do... then somebody prayed.

So, today I put myself on our prayer chain for the other things that are happening in my body. I try very hard not to complain (though I do now and then... being human and all!) so I had not shared everything that's been going on. My left arm went numb a few weeks ago, and this week the numbness spread to the left side of my torso. What's strange is the skin is numb, but there is still muscle and bone pain underneath. My muscle spasms in my legs and back have returned, so I have been forced to use a cane to get around again.

Even with all this, I know I am so much better off than many people around the world. I have a loving family who takes care of me when it's needed, I have excellent insurance and health care, I have a church family that prays for me when I ask, and I have a Heavenly Father that answers prayer... sometimes with a miracle. My head is pain free today, and my heart is grateful that I can always find joy in my journey.


1,000 faerie wishes said...

beautiful, beautiful song! thank you dear heart for sharing it. and thank you for your encouragement. i have been so down lately i needed it.
love nita

Silver Valley Girl said...

I am so glad you are feeling better. And what a wonderful story about God's mercy and grace through the prayers of His people. I'm glad you are feeling better. Just know lots of love and prayers are coming your way from here in the Silver Valley.

Donna said...

Thank you for sharing that song. I needed something to raise my spirits as well, since my knee is experiencing painful muscle spasms today. I am so sorry that you have MS. I have neuro/muscular issues too and understand a bit about the pain and how sometime things just spontaneously don't work any more. It's hard not to be angry about it. But focusing on the positives helps us keep going, huh? So glad that your headache is a thing of the past!

I'll be praying for you!

Inland Empire Girl said...

I love to hear stories about the power of prayer. I also love that you can also find blessing even when you are suffering.

Just Joni said...

this is such a beautiful song you share...the lyrics just do something for me and I too believe in the power of prayer...I hope your headaches continue to be lifted away...there's an angel in that friend of yours!

Donna said...

Am sending you LOTS of love and healing Sweetheart!! We're with You!!hughugs

Pam Warden Art said...

That has always been one of my favorite Christian songs. I am reading one of Piper's books, Desiring God. I'm going to share 2 quotes and then email you.
"The older I get, the more I am persuaded that Nehemiah 8:10 is crucial for living and dying well: "The joy of the LORD is your strength." As we grow older and our bodies weaken, we must learn from the Puritan pastor Richard Baxter (who died in 1691) to redouble our efforts to find strength from spiritual joy, not natural supplies. He prayed, "May the Living God, who is the portion and rest of the saints, make these our carnal minds so spiritual, and our earthly hearts so heavenly, that loving Him, and delighting in Him, may be the work of our lives." When delighting in God is the work of our lives, there will be an inner strength for ministries of love to the very end.

And this...
...not only does the pursuit of joy in God give strength to endure, it is the key to breaking the power of sin on our way to Heaven.

Thank you for the comment about your MS now that our son has it. What you described in your body is what he was trying to tell me.