The Bible Beats Percocet

The Bible Beats Percocet

I enjoy group exercise classes.  Exercise is great for my health and the group setting motivates me.  I recently decided to attend a class that was slightly more challenging than usual.  This naturally led to an injury in which I hurt my back.  I mean I really hurt it.  The pain of the frequent spasms was very intense.  Later that evening my back muscles went into a wrenching spasm that would not stop.  The stabbing pain was continuous for many long minutes.  When it finally ended I was left quivering as if I was being electrocuted.  I was also hyperventilating from too much shallow, panicked breathing.

I was promptly given a ride to the emergency room with some very nice ambulance drivers.  At the ER I eventually saw a doctor who gave me medication and sent me home.  In the course of getting into the car on a freezing cold night, the spasms resumed - as did the accompanying panic.  There in the car as I felt the stabbing pain of my muscles seizing, the fear began to press down on me and my breath went shallow.  Suddenly Bible verses started to flow from my mouth – everything I had worked so hard to memorize came out in a torrent.  With each verse I spoke my breathing came a little easier, I felt a bit calmer, and eventually the spasm eased.

There are many reasons to memorize Bible verses.  New benefits present themselves regularly, sometimes surprisingly.  This scenario was not one I could have anticipated!  I am so grateful there was comfort to draw on when I urgently needed it.  Knowing that my Savior loves me and will be with me through every trial was the best medicine I received that day.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. - Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)