Hello everyone! I hope that your week is off to a good start! It was a great weekend for me, as I was able to catch up on some much needed rest. While I was resting, I also found myself quietly listening for God’s voice within my spirit. I just love these moments, when I connect with God in a deep way because these moments bring about a peace that the world can never offer me…a peace that can bring calmness to the mind and heart, while pushing away the negative thoughts; that Satan attempts to bring us down with.
As we begin today, let me ask you a question. Have you ever had moments, when you wished that God would just answer your prayer right now? I remember many times, when I would beg God to just heal my body and restore my mind, from the difficult moments of pain and heartache; but those moments didn’t always happen, in the way that I would have wanted them to. I came to see that it wasn’t because God never loved me but rather, I came to see later; that God had a plan.
Even to this day, I live with chronic pain and two bad legs and I’ve never been totally healed of these problems that I’ve faced, for many, many years of my life. There was a time, when I would have felt anger over this but one thing that I have come to see; is that the pain I experience and the difficulties I face, with these legs from day to day, have helped me to connect more deeply with God. In other words, rather than fighting the situation, I’m allowing God to use these problems. I have come to see that I could never feel another person’s pain, if my pain was totally gone. In fact, I find that my best writings come from moments, when I’m in pain. It’s hard to believe…huh? Well…it’s true.
Sometimes it’s not always easy to figure out God’s plan and desires for our lives. Moments like these can sometimes make us feel abandoned by God but one thing I have come to see; is that the moments, when it seems as though God has walked away, are actually the moments, when God is quietly at work, in the background of our lives.
About 9 years ago, I had to live with the pain of losing my right knee. Never did I know how hard that would be, until the bandages came off. You see…the doctors had no choice, but to fuse the knee, due to infection and complications, from past surgeries. I think that this was one of the most difficult things that I had to accept in my life…knowing that my right knee would never bend again and that I would have to walk with a stiff leg. By the way, do you know how much we take a bent knee for granted? I do because I can’t kneel…I can’t squat down…I can’t climb stairs and most of all, I have to have that leg on something all the time; otherwise, it just hangs out, from whatever piece of furniture I sit on. No matter how difficult it’s been, I did finally come to see the reason for this. It was a few years later, when I met a man from Europe, who had been visiting my website. Come to find out…he also had a rod in his right knee and as I read his email, I could feel a similar pain, within each word he wrote but as I finished reading his email, I was also reading words of relief, as he had finally found someone, who could understand what he was going through.
You know…we don’t always understand, why God doesn’t answer a prayer, at the snap of a finger but I have come to see that these are the moments, when we have to trust Him because He truly knows the reason, for each difficult moment that He allows within our lives.
Today, you may also be feeling alone, while facing deep pain and heartache in your life. You may wonder if God even cares or loves you anymore, due to unanswered prayer. Just know that God does love you and He is at work…quietly putting every piece of the puzzle together; that He may not only free you from these difficult moments you face but that He may also use what Satan had planned to use against you.
My prayer for you today; is that you will seek the living God and know that even though God may be allowing these difficult moments into your life; there will come a time, when He will gently walk you out of these problems you’re facing.
May you truly feel the loving hands of God around you today…God bless!
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