More from Tamar Piehler
I am so pleased the Upper Room has asked me to write this blog entry based on my meditation published online August 10, 2017. It describes my struggle with a degenerative medical condition that went undiagnosed for four years. Through that journey, I learned the importance of turning my troubles over to God. In addition, I learned several other lessons that I’d like to share with you:
1. God is more interested in my transformation than my comfort. He could have healed me from my first prayer for help, and I wondered why he didn’t. In retrospect, I realize that God was with me in this struggle at all times, but he waited for me to fully absorb the lessons I needed to learn before leading me out.
2. Ask for help. I missed many opportunities to ask for support and prayer. Was I too independent, too proud, or too scared? Perhaps all three. Other than my nuclear family, I didn’t include those who loved me in my struggle, and that was foolish. We’re all in this crazy world together. Once my healing began, so many people came forward to say they didn’t know what was wrong, but they had been praying for me the whole time.
3. We’re all broken. In some way, whether physical, psychological, or situational, we all struggle. Since my experience, I have become more empathetic towards others. Just as I kept my condition mostly private, I know that many people around me are walking through difficult times even as they appear “okay.” I am now more sensitive to the struggles of others, and I especially hope to help those struggling receive diagnoses for their ailments.
4. Share hope. During my struggle, I heard God’s voice encouraging me to “write our story.” I’m not much of a writer, but I began journaling. I wrote consistently about my struggles, which provided a record of both my medical and spiritual journeys. Later, during conversations about my dark days, I was able to recall details easily. On appropriate occasions, I also had the opportunity to share the lessons I learned and the constant faithfulness of God. My experience opened doors for witnessing that I never expected or sought, including in The Upper Room!
I know that I have many more lessons to learn, and there will be more hard times ahead. I am thankful for the ability to share my experience with you, and I hope that it encourages you.
I praise God for always being with me, no matter where I go, no matter what I walk through.
- Tamar Piehler
P.S. For those with questions about my neurological condition: I have Dopa-Responsive Dystonia (DRD). In short, my body does not produce enough dopamine, which is a neural-muscular transmitter. Dopamine supplements alleviate most of my muscular problems and movement disorders. You can find out more about the condition at these links: