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I often find it strange, but reassuring, when, just when I need it, a particular song pops onto the radio, or is randomly chosen by my iPod. So this week the song that kept ‘appearing’ was a song performed by Kari Jobe called I Am Not Alone.

Sometimes we simply need to be reminded that…

When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I’m standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

Last week I caught a little bit of a phone-in on the radio during my journey into work – The topic of the phone-in that day was “Things to do during a long car journey”.

worship-prayerIf I’m honest I wasn’t really paying too much attention to what was being said during the phone-in until they read out a text message that someone had sent in with a suggestion about what to do during a long car journey…The suggestion was to pray.

That in itself wasn’t what caught my attention, but the response given by the phone-in host, as they said praying would be an idea plausible suggestion, “but not when you’re driving!”. I’m not sure why she felt you shouldn’t pray when you’re driving, so I don’t know whether it was because she thought you have to close your eyes to pray, or whether she felt you can’t pray and drive at the same time because you need your full attention on the road.

I understand that it is definitely not advisable to close your eyes when you’re driving, however it is not necessary to close your eyes to pray. I also understand that when driving our focus must be on our driving, however is praying by talking to God really any different to talking to your passengers in the car?

I was brought up to believe that we can, and should pray whenever we need to, regardless of where we are or what we are doing. because God is always there with us, and will always listen when we talk to Him.

So don’t be put off from praying just because of where you are or what you are doing, because your prayers matter, and more importantly, they matter to God. However praying when we’re busy doing other things is not ideal as we aren’t giving God our full attention, so make sure you still put time aside each day to spend quality time alone with God when you have no other distractions around you.

I heard a bit of a debate on the radio earlier this week, where they were discussing reasons why we don’t go to see our GPs when we’re not feeling well.

Some of the reasons suggested were:

  • Fear of finding out we have some serious illness
  • Self diagnosing ourselves by checking our symptoms out on the internet and deciding its nothing serious
  • Not wanting to bother the doctor
  • Feeling intimidated by reception staff
  • Interrogation by reception staff about why we want to see the doctor
  • Doctor makes us feels like we’re wasting their time
  • Doctor is insensitive to our needs and feelings

gpPersonally I was very surprised by some of those reasons, as I’ve always found the reception staff and the doctors at my GP practice couldn’t be nicer or more helpful. My doctor, and the other doctors at my practice, are all very easy to talk to, and always seems very willing to take time to talk or to listen to me, and take all measure to get to the bottom of any problems…this is backed up by my experience a few years ago when there was obviously something wrong with me, but it took countless tests and referrals to hospitals to finally establish what was wrong with me. This included my GP chasing up many of my hospital appointments to try to get me seen sooner as she felt I needed to be seen quickly.

Having said all that, just like everyone else, I do tend to put off going to the doctors when I have a problem, as I always think, “It’ll get better on its own, so I’ll give it a few weeks”. Mind you, there is one thing that would definitely stop me seeing my GP as soon as I have a problem, and that is that it is usually impossible to get an appointment for several days unless it is deemed, “an emergency”! If it is something serious, I’ve found that the reception staff do their best to accommodate me one the day.

All in all, I do not consider myself to be reluctant to go see my GP, but I admit that maybe everyone is luck enough to have a GP or reception staff as helpful and accommodating as me.