Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! What another great day the Lord hath made! As I woke up this morning…the darkness still surrounded me; but now, God has pulled up the shades to a brand new day…one that He has designed, just for you and me…one that was also designed, in a way that would give us a new beginning…so praise Him, for this brand new day!
Last night…before going to bed, I spent a little time in God’s word…and one of the verses God led me to, was found in Isaiah 41:10…and we read… “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” In other words…He is it…everything we need. He can do it all, while strengthening us…helping us…and upholding us…praise Him!
I will never forget the first time that I read this Bible verse in Isaiah 41:10. It was as though the words… “I am thy God” lit up before my face. You know…it’s so easy to just know about God and talk about Him; but do we truly know in our hearts; that He is our God…the One, who can be everything…for everything we need?
As I look back to all of the twenty one knee surgeries that I’ve endured over my lifetime…I also remember how desperately I was searching for a cure. Even though there really was no cure, to this congenital problem that I was born with…I found myself holding tightly to the hope…that just maybe something would happen, to turn this whole ordeal around.
After facing not only the surgeries…but years of physical therapy and a lot of laid up days of pain, I finally went to my husband and said… “I think it’s time for us to stop praying for a cure.” Right about now, you must be saying to yourself…“where is your faith?” First of all, it wasn’t my faith that failed me; but rather, I had finally come to see how God had a plan. Second…He was the One who created me; so that meant that He also had control, over what He had allowed within my life. To make a long story short…I truly came to see…through it all; that “HE WAS MY GOD!”
One thing I can say without a doubt today; is that if I wouldn’t have gone through all that I have had to face in my life; then I wouldn’t be where I am right now with God. Another thing…if it wouldn’t have been for these hard and trying times; then I wouldn’t have come to see how God could be everything, for everything I needed…because you see, even though He allowed these painful moments in my life; He was the One who strengthened me…helped me and sustained me through it all. Maybe there wasn’t a cure for these two bad legs; but I did find a cure to a hurting heart and soul…and that cure came…not only through the hard and difficult times in my life; but also through Jesus Christ.
How many times, are we going to walk down a road of needless suffering…only because we want something to happen our way? Don’t we realize that when we have exhausted every effort; that there is a God, who can step in and be everything we lack in life. Maybe my life didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to; but one thing I can tell you today; is that I would rather have two bad legs and know God…in the way I know Him; then to have two perfect legs and not know Him at all.
As we walk through life, there can be times when great disappointment seems to attempt to break every part of our being…even to the place, where we feel as if God has forsaken us; but I am here today to tell you that when we choose God’s path over our own; then we will truly come to experience Him, in a way like no other.
Well…time for me to begin my day…and see what God has in store for me. I truly hope and pray that as you continue to walk through your day; that you will come to see how God can be everything…for everything you need!
Have a great Monday & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain