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All is Well Here

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This little girl melts my heart. Our potted plant was not looking well. In an attempt to help it, our daughter and I planted it here in a patch of dirt by our back door. Sweet baby girl watched me planting it. As I kneeled there, gently folding new dirt around the fragile roots, leaning a rock against the stem that wanted to bend… she randomly took back off into the house. She returned with this little “Get Well” balloon in hand. The same balloon that was given to me when I needed to get well. She insisted we place the balloon by our little plant. Moved by the gesture, I agreed. I planted a balloon in our garden… Once again motivated by a child to do the seeming ridiculous. I watched her today as she whispered “Get well,” to the little plant, touching its flowers so gently.

I don’t know whether or not the little plant will get well. I hope it will… I hope it will live longer, grow stronger… But even should it not… This little, sickly plant, has caused compassion and hope to bloom in our little girl. Love has grown here- in our daughter and in me. Incredible purpose is felt here, flooding over all that is not well.

How is that God can do that? He can take all that is not well to birth all that is: Compassion, love, hope and a faith that leans on the Solid Rock.

All is well here.

All is so very well.

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Tears

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He was

despised,

and

rejected

by mankind.

A man

of suffering

and

familiar

with pain.

Like one from whom people,

hide

their

faces,

he was

despised,

and we

held him

in low

esteem.

Surely

he

took up

our

pain

and

bore

our

suffering,

yet we considered him,

punished

by God,

stricken

by him,

and

afflicted.

But he was

pierced,

for our

transgressions,

he was

crushed,

for

our

iniquities;

the

punishment

that brought

us

peace,

was on,

him,

and by,

his wounds,

we

are

healed.

– Isaiah 53:3-5

My husband sent me that passage from Isaiah this morning. I read it over and over again. Slowly.

Tears.

Tears because it dawned on me just how much I take for granted his pain.

It is hard to appreciate pain when you are not in it.

We are often so detached from it as we live our lives free of pain, but when sickness comes in, and pain takes over your body, you start to feel what he felt and…

It hurts.

It hurt my body and it hurt my heart as I considered how much more pain he took on for me and for us.

His love is amazing and to think he chose the pain.

And we can “know it”.

We can know that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, took all our sins, walked them out bleeding, while being mocked and despised, in order to nail our sins and our pains, to a place where they are forever buried so we can be healed and made new by faith in him

We can “know it” and hear about his pain over and over, but when we really start to feel it

Tears.

I don’t know what pains you may be suffering right now.

I won’t say “I can imagine” your pain.

I can’t.

“The heart knows its own distress; another person can’t share its joy.” – Proverbs 14:10

I can only catch glimpses.

I caught glimpses of the pains of others these past two days.

I caught glimpses of the pain felt in a marriage that right now keeps going from hot to cold.

I caught glimpses of the pain of parents who right now are separated from their children.

I caught glimpses of the pains of people battling severe illness.

Only glimpses.

And in the middle of those glimpses all I could do was weep.

Tears.

But those were just glimpses.

I don’t know your personal pain,
but I will tell you this
:

There is One who knows.

He knows.

He not only sees, but He has felt those tears.

I pray you take comfort in that today should you be in pain in your body, or in your heart.

He is walking it out with you.

And together you will overcome.

In time, He will wipe away all your tears.

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Feeling Broken?

The screen on my iPhone cracked some time ago. It actually cracked only a week after my husband bought me my phone. Since then, everyday I communicate through my broken phone. Every time I do, I am reminded of this beautiful truth: God can still use us in our brokenness. If you feel broken today be encouraged. God can still use you.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

 

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Google is Not God

The other night after bedtime, our boys wanted me to stay in their room with them to answer all of their burning questions about fishing, death, heaven, the universe, stars, our spinning planet, surgeries, and more. I am always amazed at their questions:

“Why am I not good at fishing?

How do you get the catfish off the line and then cook it?

Is God alone in heaven?

Who is in heaven?

How far away is heaven?

What is a star made of?

Can a star hit our planet?

Is our planet really spinning?

Why don’t we feel it?

What do doctors use to cut people?

How do they put the part they cut open back together?

Is that how the doctor got us out of you?

What is happening to your body when you are sleeping?”

I answered all their questions as best as I could. Then I told them, “I am not God. I don’t know all the answers.” My oldest son answered, “But you have Google.” I then had to remind my children that Google is not God.  Perhaps today you need that reminder too.

Perhaps you have been seeking answers for some really hard questions in your life. Perhaps you or someone you know has been given a medical diagnosis that has turned your life upside down. Perhaps you have been doing extensive research on ways for you to provide for your family.  Perhaps you are simply keeping a close track on world news, trying your best to plan for things ahead.  Perhaps you are simply like the many of us who trust Google to have the answer for what you need to know: the recipe, the image, the link, whatever.

I want to challenge you today by asking you this: Do you trust Google more than you trust God? Do you turn to Google for answers more than you turn to God’s Word? 

Google gives you possibilities. God’s Word gives you certainties. When you are seeking answers to the really  hard questions you can try Google. You can find tons of information on nearly everything you want to know. You will find many opinions and “facts” that absolutely matter. Just keep in mind that in the end, what God says matters most.

Seek the answers to the really hard questions by praying and studying God’s Word. Trust the answer that God reveals. Teach your kids to to do the same.

Psalm 33:4
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does

 

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Rubber Meets Road

Over the past few weeks our children had reoccurring episodes of sickness. We had many trips to the doctor’s office, pharmacy, and Walmart for disinfectants. My husband and I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. The sickness would seem to be gone then, after some time, signs of the sickness would surface again. I was at a place where the rubber was meeting the road of my faith. Have you ever been in that place? It is the place where you either draw closer to God or walk away.

There is a book in the bible called Job. If you have never read it, you should because Job absolutely was in that place. The Lord was so pleased with Job and believed in Job’s steadfastness so much that he allowed Satan to inflict much pain on Job. He lost his business. He lost his family. He lost his health. The only thing that remained was his wife, who cursed God and encouraged Job to do the same, and his friends who blamed Job for his own suffering. (What a support network!) I could go on into great detail about the story of Job, but I
will not. It is an incredible read and I encourage anyone who hasn’t read it to do so.

Here is the bottom line of the story: Job was blessed through his suffering. Everything that was taken away from Job was restored and multiplied. But, more importantly, Job received (in my opinion) one of the greatest revelations about the awesomeness of God, straight from the mouth of God, that is seen in the Bible.

When the rubber meets the road of your faith, continue to pray, praise and draw close to God. Get excited because, if you remain steadfast, blessings are coming. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through your sufferings. I have found that this is the blessing that matters most.

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. – James 5:11

 

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