by Howard and Jeanne Tomlinson|
Everything is going smoothly when all of a sudden your train derails and you suffer a major setback. How can you get back on track and start moving forward again?
Hello, Mrs. Tomlinson. Would you and Howie please come to my office as soon as possible? When I first heard this message on the answering machine, I felt bewildered, thinking our lives might be derailing again. Howie had recovered from his surgery and radiation in 93 and was feeling great. He had a routine follow-up MRI before Christmas 95 and the call from Dr. Engstrand came a few days later. Not wanting to spoil his New Years, I decided to tell Howie about the call later and made an appointment for us to see the doctor the 1st week of January.
When we suffer devastating setbacks, we can get back on track by taking our troubles to the Lord and asking others to pray for us. As we pour out our hearts to Him, Hell pour out His peace on us. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6,7).
Another way to get back on track is to continue enjoying life, no matter what. Everyone needs times of R and R (rest and refreshment), including servicemen fighting a war. Were better prepared to face upcoming hardships when we first take time to relax with family and friends and enjoy a change in scenery. Whats good for the mind and spirit is also good for the body.
For Those Who Hurt
When you feel like youre derailing, call out to God and ask others to intervene on your behalf. As you pour out your heart to Him, God will help you get back on track. And dont forget to relax and have fun. Take a vacation. Ride the train to Santa Barbara. The time of rest and refreshment youre having will help rejuvenate you and give you the strength you need for the coming days. The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace (Psalm 29:11).
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