Fear not. Fear not. Fear not. This is what the Lord keeps saying to me. However, to say yesterday was a distressing day is an understatement. There were multiple conversations with doctors, by phone and in person, with me asking as many questions as I could to help me decide whether to pull the plug or not on my next recommended surgery…which happens to be today.
Did I let fear overwhelm me? Yes. In a major way.
But, as God does, He spoke again. I came home and just wanted to collapse from the weight of it all. But before I settled into the couch, I picked up the open Bible on the table nearby and settled into His word.
I had it opened to the Psalms but there is a devotional text in this particular Bible that had a quote from Isaiah which seems to be finding it’s way to me through various sources. My eyes landed on this:
“For I am the Lord your Godwho takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear;I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
So, I’m holding onto His hand today and trusting He will help me. If you are going through a trial, this is for you too. God always keeps His promises.
I hope what is written here and the song that follows will encourage you today.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
That’s exactly what I need. Peace. A safeguard from dark, negative thoughts and a gateway to joy.
Matthew Henry, in his commentary of this passage, writes:
“Observe, It is our duty and privilege to rejoice in God, and to rejoice in him always; at all times, in all conditions; even when we suffer for him, or are afflicted by him. We must not think the worse of him or of his ways for the hardships we meet with in his service.”
I’ve been thinking about the statement at the end of that video I shared in my last post…the part about how if he loses his sister, he knows he will get angry with God, but that basically God would understand. (I’m very much paraphrasing and summarizing here.)
I think he is trying to express his belief in God’s relentless love for us in spite of our doubt-ridden hearts. I get that. At the same time, in case anyone is unclear, I think we all understand that turning away from God in our despair is never a real option, because He is our ONLY hope.
I’ve heard it said that our suffering does not nullify the goodness of God. He is unchanging, after all. So, may our grieving cause us to hold tight to Him, to the truth of His word and to the faith He has given us. May we trust Him enough to say, “Thy will be done,” just as Jesus taught us to pray.
This journey the Lord has me on right now is not easy. My surgery is scheduled for this week and It seems fear and anxiety are popping up at every turn. But Jesus promised that he would never leave me and, with His help, I can do this.
Rejoice. Pray. Ask. Give Thanks. Find Peace.
Life is hard but God is here and He is my hope. I’m thankful that, even when things look bad, I can choose to dwell on the good.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
I’m listening to and loving this new song by Hillary Scott! It’s a timely message for me and anyone else out there who is facing a challenge in their life. If that’s you, take a moment to watch this and be blessed!
Part of the lyric says this:
I know you see me; I know you hear me, Lord.Your plans are for me; Goodness you have in store. So, Thy will be done…
Are you discouraged? I pray the Lord gives you the peace you are seeking right now. Reach out to Him. He sees you. He hears you. He loves you.
I saw this video and wept. Maybe because the song is so beautiful.
Maybe because the sentiment is so honest and timely for me to hear since my own recent diagnosis of cancer.
It’s hard for me to type those words much less admit that this is really happening to me.
But it is.
And so begins a new journey for me, one I hope I will be able to walk through with grace so that God is glorified in the process.
At the moment, all I see is a body broken, the life I once knew crumbling around me. But I know there’s more to the story, that God has a plan to redeem this pain; and I pray a better me will emerge after finding Him in the ruins.
So if you’re trying to hold on to the true meaning of Christmas in the midst of the maddening frenzy of to-do-lists and unmanageable expectations created by the holiday marketing machine, read this.
I think Kristen’s wake-up-call is a call for all of us to rediscover that what we’re really longing for is less stuff and more Jesus.
The good news is that, no matter what is happening around us, it is still possible to pause and quiet our souls to hear the still, small Voice within us: A Voice that breaks through the chaos of our world and whispers peace.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
We end our quest for more stuff to fill the void in us when we recognize there is no substitute for the Great Gift He’s already given us.
Do you believe?
May Jesus be the Gift that fills your heart with overflowing joy this Christmas!