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)
Posted on Fri, February 27, 2015
by Shawnna Casazza filed under