My Czech hospital experience through Psalm 23
“A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
Reflection – while I was in the hospital and not at the conference, I WANTED to be there, but realized, He had me here for a reason. YAHWEH is with us, in us, is all, and provides all according to Him, so I don’t need to want anything. I wanted visitors, but I had Him. Not wanting is a significant and often missed theme of scripture: Psalm 34:10, Psalm 63:5, Psalm 84:11, Matt. 6:33, John 10:10, Rom. 8:32, Phil. 4:19.
“He MAKES me lie down in green pastures. He LEADS me besides still waters. He RESTORES my soul.”
Reflection – He made me come to the hospital, to lie down in a hospital bed for a few days to rest and restore my soul through the conference teaching each morning from the Live Streams with no distractions. I had amazing times with Him.
“He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
Reflection – the path He gave me this week was in a hospital room with 3 other gentlemen. Two Czechs who spoke no English, and one who did from Slovakia. My time here had a purpose and his name was Alexander, for His name’s sake!
Alexander is in his 30’s, played handball, professionally, for 15 years. He is married and has two beautiful little girls. We had great conversations about life, purpose, and God. We talked about his identity and skills that His creator gave him to use, which stirred more discussions. We even went outside, and I was able to share the gospel. He believes in a higher power, but still is skeptical, so I recommended a book for skeptics. After everything I shared, he’d replied, “that is what my grandmother keeps telling him.” But he does not want to be forced into anything. I will mail him a Czech bible, since he told me he does not have one. And, we will stay in touch over social media to hopefully lead Him into a relationship with Jesus. PRAY for him and his family’s salvation.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”
Reflection – even though I did not know what to expect at the hospital, like needing to bring your own toilet paper, four to a room, limited amenities, etc., (this was my first time to stay in a hospital over here), I did not fear, because of His presence. And I depended on Him for His comfort.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Reflection – Even in my illness, the Lord provided me with your prayers and encouragement, a few JV visitors to cheer me up, and a good friend who helped translate for me when we first arrived. Plus, I was blessed with a roommate who could also translate for me when needed with the doctors and nurses.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
Reflection – I will always remember this experience. One where I saw humanity come to live – where one set of people where in pain and totally vulnerable, while the other set had compassionate hearts to care for them. All awhile, I had hope in the Father to heal me and get me out the hospital.
“and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Reflection – what a promise?! I’ve been invited to His house forever with a new body, never sick again. No more sin and sorrow, and will get to see all His fruit of saints! Can’t wait to be there with Him and with you!
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement!