Tuesday, September 9, 2008

MRI Melodies

Note: Updated 9/10/08 at 5:50 PM with MRI results below.
"Those who know Your name will trust in You,
for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You."
Psalm 9:10

I read that scripture early this morning. A little later this morning, I was seeking Him, looking for Him, listening for Him in a huge medical machine that hedged me in. I was literally physically still before Him.

In the quietness of my heart over the summer, I knew that God, in His faithfulness and wisdom, was going to ask me to do something completely out of my comfort zone to grow my faith. The precious P31 Gather & Grow group that meets here monthly is starting a new book this Friday after taking a break for the summer. The book is "What Happens When Women Walk In Faith" by Lysa TerKeurst.
I wasn't sure what He had in mind to grow my faith until recently: MRI. Three letters that scared me.

When I injured my knee a few weeks ago, I knew it would be a little life-altering temporarily. The pain was bad and my mobility is still significantly decreased. When the initial x-ray showed nothing, my doctor prescribed an MRI.
Here we go...an MRI. OK, Lord, I am trusting you to take me "further still" with You. To some, an MRI may be a piece of cake. To me, it was something that scared me. Something I was grateful I had never needed.

Before Jim left for work today, he looked deep into my eyes and said, "Do you want me to go with you to your MRI today?" I assured him I was fine and that God had given me His peace. Jim lovingly hesitated, still looking deeply into my eyes, and asked me again, "Are you sure?" Yes, I was sure.

After chauffeuring my cherubs to school, I headed for my MRI, which was just a few miles away from school. God had filled me with such peace. I couldn't wait to get there! I wanted to shout, "Yes, Lord! I know You are with me! Let's do this!"
As I pulled into my parking space, I wanted to sprint up the stairs to the MRI office. My knee caused me to move at a slow and careful pace, but my spirit was sprinting into that office. Here I am! I am here for those three little letters "M-R-I"!

I am seeking You, Lord. I am looking for You and listening for You here. I was excited to face this fear because He was going before me. He was holding me with His mighty right hand.

The MRI technician came to greet me in the waiting area. "Hi, my name is Paul." Paul! My big brother's name is Paul. My dad's name was Paul. One of my favorite Bible authors is Paul! Just hearing "Paul" made me feel comfortable.

Paul pleasantly explained everything to me and made sure I had nothing magnetic hidden anywhere on my person. He got me positioned on the MRI machine with medical sand bags holding me and my leg still. He pushed my body into the machine, but my head was still sticking out a bit! Yippee!

He asked what radio station I would like played through my earphones, but he couldn't tune in the local worship station I requested. He told me he'd put on the "easy listening/soft rock" station. A little disappointed, I calmly laid still and waited for the 35-minute MRI study to begin.

"Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You." Psalm 9:10

Seeking Him. Listening and looking for Him. He gave me MRI melodies!
Here are the song that played through my earphones from that radio station.

"Come On Eileen" -- OK, my mom's name is Eileen, and I had just spoken to her on the phone before I arrived at the MRI. Big girls still are comforted by their moms! Eileen was praying for me, and I was going to visit her after the MRI. This song made me smile. Thank you, Lord.

"You Look Wonderful Tonight" - This is Jim's song to me! He still serenades me with this song occasionally, just like when we were dating. It was the last song we danced to at our wedding reception. Very special song to us. This song had tears streaming down my face and my heart swelling with warmth. Jim was praying for me and waiting to hear from me. Thank You, Lord.

"I Wear My Sunglasses At Night" - I thought of our church's copy center administrator who (like yesterday when I saw him) wears sunglasses inside when he had a migraine. Whenever we see him with his sunglasses on, we all just pray. This song sweetly reminded me to pray for him. Thank You, Lord.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Need I say more? He'll be there in a hurry. An MRI had been a mountain to me. He wasn't moving the mountain, but He was moving me through the mountain with Him and growing my faith. This song made me smile again. Thank You, Lord.

The technician then told me through the earphones that I had only 12 minutes left of the study. I dosed off for the next few songs.
The technician unknowingly woke me up by telling me I only had 3 minutes left of the study. Wow!
Then my MRI finale song came on from the radio station.

Shania Twain's "I Feel Like A Woman!" - Starts out "Let's go girls...." OK, to this song, right there on the MRI table I started dancing with my arms, snapping my fingers and doing the butter churner...all without moving my legs! I am sure Paul thought I was nutty, but that's OK. I think he actually got a giggle out of it!

This song reminded me of my last two years at the P31 "She Speaks" Conference because they played this song as the P31 staff gals line dance in the big conference room at the opening message. Warmth filled my heart.
Moreover, Shania's song reminded me of my sweet, caring girlfriends who celebrated my birthday with me in March. We played this song on the ride together to and from the Cheesecake Factory. What a blast we had together, and I knew my sweet friends were praying for me this morning! What a perfect song to end my MRI faith challenge! Thank You, Lord! Thank You, Lord!

God does not forsake those who seek Him, those who look for Him, those who listen for Him.
He was present in that MRI room. The worship station wasn't coming through clearly on the headphones, but He faithfully gave me songs through those earphones that were meaningful to me and spoke of His attention to detail in my life.

My MRI melodies from the Lord. Thank You, Lord!
"SING PRAISES TO THE LORD, ENTHRONED IN ZION; PROCLAIM AMONG THE NATIONS WHAT HE HAS DONE." Psalm 9:11
MRI Results: Ruptured Baker's Cyst (that explains the extreme pain the first few days!) and a small meniscus tear.
Will be seeing an orthopedic specialist in the near future.
Thank you for your prayers!
Thank you, Lord! We praise Your Name!

11 comments:

Runner Mom said...

Yay!! A positive, God-filled MRI!! Love it, Sharon! I am so proud of you, girlfriend! God was there holding your hand the entire time.

Love,
Your fruity friend!! (I loved your comment!)
Susan

Joyful said...

WOW - you actually fell asleep during the exam?? Now, that's peace that passes understanding!
God is good.

Blessings,
Joy

Jill said...

Sharon,

I LOVE IT!

I have gone through very similar times with God. His love is bigger than any MRI! His presence is everywhere we go and there is NO place we can hide from Him!

So proud of you for allowing the Spirit to carry you to sleep of all things on an MRI table.

I hope you will dance! And dance you did right there for Paul!

I LOVE IT!

BIG HUGS and praying the results come back clean as a whistle and God proves to be the ultimate healer as you trusted Him!

Jill

nothingcanseparateme said...

Sharon,

This is wonderful!! Our God truly does "supply" all of our needs--even scary MRI ones!! I have never had one but I have the same apprehensions as you. If I ever need to see an MRI machine--I will be thinking of this post!!

Have a wonderful day!
Kim

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I had to have an MRI done last year only was put in head first, very scary and very confining, but the Lord helped me through it the same. I actually brought a praise and worship CD with me and the songs just spoke volumes to me, as if the Lord picked out the songs personally for me to hear while I was confined. It was very moving to know that He does care about all things!

Cindy said...

Isn't our God wonderful!!!
To give you such special songs that brought joy and peace to you during your test.

Chatty Kelly said...

Praises that you climbed the mountain - and that God was with you every step. I hope your results and what they entail will be as peaceful as you wait on the Lord.

I really enjoy your blog and writing style. Smiles!

Heather said...

Now, you know the eighties girl in me was channelling my big hair and humming along to all of these tunes. Thank you for my own little walk down memory lane:)

Seriously, I am happy you have some answers - I am happy you made it through the test peacefully and without issues. I am praying your knee heals and that you will be restored to new. I am thankful you serve a risen God who knows when we need HIm to lie beside us in the still places and whisper comforting songs to our spirit.

I am thankful for you and pray you will soon tell us you are painfree and your ruptured cyst is a faint memory.

I love you, girl
Heather

nothingcanseparateme said...

Do you have to be a baker to have a "bakers cyst"????

hee, hee, hee!

Actually my sister-in-law has been dealing with this too. She has been doing some excercises in the hopes of avoiding surgery. They do seem to be helping.

blessings!
Kim

Joyful said...

Stopping by again to say thank you for your sweet message to me re: my win! What a surprise that was this morning!

I am dancing!!!!
Blessings,
Joy

Stacy said...

Love how God works through anything and everything to meet us right where we are...that He wraps His arms around us and tells us we are loved....and through the 80's music....I love it!! :)

Praising God with you that he brought you through the MRI and will continue carrying you through to complete healing.

Thanks for sharing this with us! It is such a reminder and encouragement to us all.

In Christ,
Stacy