As many of you know I have recently been faced with some health issues. Those health issues have caused me to have to stop doing the things I love the most in life. I have always loved to teach and to sing for the Lord but with my health issues caused by the Menieres’ disease I have been forced to stop teaching Sunday School at least for awhile and it is becoming more and more difficult to be among the music without becoming extremely sick. Due to the changes I have been faced with I have become more and more depressed at times and faced with a feeling of just wanting to give up. I know you are probably thinking where is your faith? God does not want you giving up and you are right. God does not want us to give up. It is our faith in the Lord that keeps us pushing on through the hard times in life.
In the mist of all the emotional feelings I have been dealing with lately, the doubts, anger, extreme sadness, the wondering what my life from here on is to be like if God chooses not to heal me from this horrible disease, I have come to realize God has a plan for my life. I may not understand why these things are happening to me but I have to trust that God is in control and He still has a plan for my life. The Lord has brought Paul to my mind many times recently, as we know from the Word Paul was faced with some type of affliction. (II Corinthians 12:7-10) Paul said, “I will glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Paul had to come to the point where he said, “I am content in whatever state I am in and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13) I also want to have that same faith. I am praying everyday for the Lord to guide me in whatever direction He has for me. I may not be able to do the things I am use to do but I know with the Lord’s guidance I can find the path He now has for me.
I am sharing these feeling with you because I know there are so many others out there facing issues that test their faith. It is not always easy to talk about the things that trouble us deeply and I know for myself I hate to admit my weaknesses. Maybe by talking about some of the troubles and weaknesses I face I can help someone else in their journey and help myself when I am feeling weak.
I want to encourage any of you who are facing challenges in life, whether they are health issues, personal issues, financial issues, please know God is in control if we will just put our trust in Him He will guide us in the right direction. We may not understand and we may ask why in our weakest moments. Just know God hears, He feels our pain, He knows our sorrows. Because He loves us our pain and sorrow is also His pain and sorrow. In Him we can always put our trust for He is always working things out to our good.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Heavenly Father, We come to You thanking You for our many blessings You have so freely given us. We thank You for Your grace and love, but most of all for Your Son, Jesus Christ, whom You sent to this earth to be a sacrifice and a Savior to us all. Lord, we come to You in our weakness asking You to strengthen us and to guide us on whatever path You have put us on. Help us Lord to find our path and purpose in life and help us to always trust You in whatever state we are in. Help us to find comfort in our hearts in knowing we are never alone, that You are always with us, loving us and guiding us. Remember all those who are sick and hurting today Lord. Comfort them as only You can. We love you Lord and we give You the praise, the honor and glory that is only Yours. We ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen and Amen!