Are you facing an unexpected illness? Has the course of your life, altered your dreams or the goals you were pursuing?
Admittedly, my own life has drastically changed, due to my auto-immune diseases. Lately, awareness tells me they are not getting better, in fact, they are gaining on me.
The pain in my body feels like a fire-storm that keeps growing and cannot be managed. Movement creates an agonizing, stabbing torment, that shoots through my entire spine, into my every nerve and joint in my body.
I've had struggles before this recent storm, with an illness or life itself, but I always told myself, "this to shall pass!" However, I am now facing suffering that the doctors say will only get worse over time.
I am thankful for my doctor who from his own boating accident understands the "misery of pain." And, I am very thankful that he tries everything that he knows to help alleviate my own discomforts.
While I know that God has given doctors wisdom to care for their patients, I also know that they are limited in what they can do. So, after a brief "self-pity party" I stop and remember where my bona fide faith and hope are! "My hope is in the Lord!"
So what am I to do in the meantime, Lord? I'll not say another word Lord, I will shut my mouth since I know that you have borne... you have experienced my burdens. Long ago and in a garden, Jesus prayed for me... even while He endured the agony of the road ahead of Him.
When I think I can't take it any longer, I know YOU will be with me and YOU alone will comfort me. I won't lose hope Lord, for you hold me in your arms, and truly you have felt my sorrows.
I will not lose heart and I will keep my faith! God has a definite plan for all our lives and He has equipped us with specific talents and abilities to fulfill His purpose for each life!
This current struggle has changed my footing somewhat, but if I keep my focus on Jesus, His plan for me will be accomplished. God made all the plans for my life, before I was born. He knew what all my needs would be, before I took my first breath!
Yes, my life plan has been 'disrupted,' and I am not sure which way to turn at times, so I will trust God to keep me on track... according to His will! God is at work in each of us to fulfill His divine plan. He alone knows everything about us and if we begin to see our lives through His eyes... we will see that our future is full of hope and promise!
There is not the slightest doubt in my mind, that the God who started this great work, will bring it to a flourishing finish. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ... Philippians 1:6
I will pray and be thankful that God is working His perfect plan in our me! Then I will take a step back and watch Him make those plans a reality. God's timing might not be what my timetable expects, but He is never late to do what He says He will do!
So, My Hope is in the Lord!! What about you, where is your hope?