“What made you finally come in?” my doctor asked with eyes of compassion before glancing down at my chart. “It had gone on long enough and I couldn’t take the pain anymore. I had tried everything I knew to do and it wasn’t enough,” I replied, wondering if I was going to get a brow beating for waiting so long before seeking medical attention. Even as I said it, I thought about how often I’m like that with God: trying to do things on my own before ultimately turning to Him for help when nothing I do makes the situation any better. There is a reason God warns us not to depend on our own understanding—He knows better than we do.
Recently we packed my son up to take him to college. The plan was to leave in the dark of night to begin the 20-hour drive so we could get the majority of the drive behind us the first day, leaving only a remnant the second day…
I don’t know about you, but some days I just need a reminder that God is still on His throne, and is still at work in my life, working all things together for my good and for His glory. It’s easy to become negative and plunge into a pity-party, indulging in the “woe is me” song that occasionally gets stuck in a repeat loop in our mind.
It really should have come as absolutely no surprise that while I was writing a book on trading our worries, fears, and anxieties for God’s peace, that I would have plenty of opportunity to put that into practice. If it weren’t for the frustration, aggravation, and consternation, it might have been comical. But alas, I’m not quite there yet in my spiritual growth.
God has seen me through some very dark days. Loss of loved ones, miscarriage, my husband’s multiple cancer bouts, personal illness and more. God has always been faithful to see me through. Read more for scriptures that will give you hope.
Many around the world are watching and celebrating medals from the 2018 winter Olympics, but in the United States, we’ve been dealing with some very difficult circumstances.