I heard an amazing testimony yesterday, Lord. Why am I not surprised?! 🙂
A dear friend had extensive dental surgery a few months ago. For years, she had been prone to bouts of anxiety and depression. Under normal circumstances, she expected her anxiety in anticipation of the surgery would be “off the charts.”
But the circumstances were not normal. Because she had discovered a new “Wonder Drug.” Starting with only small doses, she soon became hooked. The more she took, the more she wanted. Her daily doses had become megadoses.
Something she knew she could no longer live without. She needed her daily fix.
In the days before her surgery, she continued to take her antidepressant. She knew it was not the cure for her anxiety; she had lived with it for so long, perhaps she thought there was no cure. But she hoped to at least lessen her symptoms.
But here’s the thing. By now, she was also hooked on this new Wonder Drug. So in the days leading up to her surgery, she took it, too.
Right before the surgery, she felt… different. And after the surgery, she felt… different. Not just inside her mouth, but inside her whole being.
She had been advised of the Wonder Drug’s predictable effects, but she had not dared to believe it could make any profound difference for her.
Was it possible she had been wrong?
After the surgery, her mouth was so uncomfortable she had to radically limit what she could eat and drink. For several weeks. She decided to forego the antidepressant for awhile and focus, instead, on the Wonder Drug. Just to see what would happen.
Well, LIFE happened. Six months earlier, she had thought this oral surgery would be the biggest and hardest thing on her plate. She was wrong.
In the wake of her surgery, health issues far more significant and threatening hit her and those closest to her. Yet her anxiety, without her antidepressant, has been… Tempered. Manageable. Measured. Diminishing. Even in the face of increasing trials.
She began to wonder:
“Is this Wonder Drug actually the cure I have long thought did not even exist?”
What is this Wonder Drug? Vitamin JC. Jesus Christ, the Ultimate Megavitamin.
She began to wonder some more:
“I wonder why it took me so long to try You, Lord?
“I wonder what You are capable of doing… In me? For me? Through me?”
She intends to find out.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with your whole heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Glad to be a Jesus “junkie”… 🙂