“How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? Forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? (2) How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me? (3) Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death; (4) lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved. (5) But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. (6) I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” It’s so good to have you back and my prayer today; is that we will truly find a piece of hope to hold to, as we prepare to begin another new week with God.
How many of us can say that we have experienced moments in our lives, when we felt as though God had completely forgotten us? We pray and try to do what is right in the eyes of God but yet the answers to our circumstances don’t seem to come, as easily as we would like them to.
You know…we can experience moments, when we feel as if God is hiding Himself from us, as the sorrow…pain and heartache continue to walk us down a road that seems to be pointing us in the direction of total defeat.
I will never forget the long and drawn out years of pain, as I went through a series of 21knee operations, from the age of 10 years old…to around the age of 50. It seemed as though I was coming out of the doctor’s office, in the same way I went in. You see…the doctor’s really never had the answers, to a rare problem that I was born with, in both of my knees. Here they were trying to find a way to keep two kneecaps in place, when two joints weren’t properly formed at birth. There were times, when I wondered, if the surgeries would ever come to an end. There were many days; that I would cry out to God…begging Him to relieve me, of the pain I was experiencing.
As I went through this long and difficult time in my life, God used those years to teach me how to lean on Him, rather than focusing on the circumstance that was taking place; and over time, I came to see that when I trusted Him, rather than looking deeply into the face of the problem; that was when I began to see how He was in charge of these moments that seemed so hopeless and out of control.
Now, I live with a fused right leg (rod) and a very bad left knee but through it all, I have come to see that when I lean on God all the way; He is there to help me through the pain and even use the pain and difficulties, for His honor and glory. In fact, I have come to see that some of my best writings come from the moments of deep pain and tiredness because you see…even though God may be allowing these moments of weakness to remain; He is rising up in my place and working through my weakness. That is so amazing to me!
You know…sometimes we don’t understand, why God allows a circumstance to continue on, for a long period of time but these are not the moments, when we should let them abuse us and steal our joy; but rather, this should be the time, when we allow God to rise up through our weaknesses and work through us, in a way where He can be seen to others around us.
One thing I can say to you today; is that I am truly content, with these moments of pain that I still experience because I know that they are being used and what makes these moments even more special to my heart; is that God has chosen me to be used in this way for Him. What an honor and a privilege, to serve the Most High God, especially through moments such as these.
You know…when we can turn away from the negative moments of suffering and come to truly trust God with these difficult moments we face, I believe that we will soon find that these moments of affliction aren’t as bad, as what we first thought because you see…we now see them in a different way…a way that connects us to the true purpose that God created us to be.
Have a blessed Sunday and a great week ahead!
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."