Happy is one who is considerate of the poor;
the Lord will save him in a day of adversity.
The Lord will keep him and preserve him;
he will be blessed in the land.
You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed;
you will heal him on the bed where he lies. Psalm 41:1-3 csb
Welcome to my pondering thoughts regarding Psalm 41 today. The five minute friday word initiated by Kate Motaung is return.
Return is a word my husband and I have been using often lately in our prayers. You see, we've been living in the drought for quite a number of years. It's been about six years since the various doctors first began debating whether my man should or should not be diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He began taking medication about four years ago.
It's been 3 and a half long years since he enjoyed his career in banking and finance. Oh, I wish you could understand just how much my man loves to work. He's so intelligent. Really, he's gifted as a manager, administrator and investor. As much as I have schemed with him about being able to leave a 9 to 5, he's never wanted to leave the 9 to 5. It's been quite a blow to feel he's been relegated to the sidelines.
There's been an abundance of loss in other areas of our lives. Dreams have been squashed. Plans also have been placed on shelves. The future has seemed dark grey and cloudy, but the ground below us continues to feel scorched and broken. And yet, when we dare to look closely seeds scattered in the drought seem to be pushing shoots of green through the surface to peek into the sun.
In these many years of feeling like we've been living backwards, we've gained an awful lot from the Lord and from people who love us. We have our hearts full of love. Arms often envelope us in hugs, and our ears are often filled with words of encouragement. Prayers in abundance have been lifted to Father on our behalf.
I've not stopped asking the Lord to heal my man. It's not too hard for God. Though many of my friends and family have heard me talk about applying for disability benefits. Though many have been asked to pray us through this process. Though we've asked the neurologist for a referral to a social worker to help us walk this unknown path.
Still I have not stopped asking the Lord to return my man to full strength. I have even more so in recent days asked the Lord to heal my husband's brain and to return the production of dopamine his body needs for health and function. So, today as my forty days of pondering and praying through psalms brought me to Psalm 41, I sat up and took notice of God's Word.
I again with boldness ask the Lord to return my man to health, strength, and to the productive work of his own hands because he is a man of integrity. My man is a man who graciously cares for the weak and for the poor. He is a man who holds the Lord in high regard as Sovereign. And so I pray ~
Lord, return my husband to prosperity in health and work and living so that the enemy of our souls will be defeated by Your goodness. Return us, Lord. Restore us, Lord. We will recount Your goodness in the drought as well as in the harvest. Return us to Your good plan for our lives that we may help others to persevere in their times of drought. And we say with the Psalmist -
Praise be to the LORD, the God of Isarel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen. Psalm 41:13
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