I’ve been praying over what to share on my blog for the last couple of weeks. When I planned on writing, the Lord led me to wait. I believe in obedience when it comes to following our all-mighty and all-knowing God. So, I waited.
During my time of stillness, life around me sped up and threw a few unexpected punches.
My last back procedure led to the expected four to six weeks of sporadic and high-level pain as the nerves die.
While dealing with elevated pain levels and fatigue, my husband shared some news that left us facing a few challenging situations and seeking the Lord’s direction with a couple of big decisions.
My check-up appointment with my doctor became a painful procedure that led to a glimmer of hope in my healing journey.
My doctor thinks he finally found the root of the injury in my upper thoracic back, which could help him determine a treatment and healing instead of pain-management. Praise the Lord!
God can heal me with a whisper or a thought. He can heal me through my doctors. He can also choose to empower me to continue trusting Him through this physically and emotionally draining affliction.
On Tuesday, a friend asked me if I would “rather be healed or write with great beauty and passion.”
I responded: “I’d rather honor God’s choice and trust His will, not my wants.”
Yet, by Thursday, I still couldn’t write this post.
With so many life-altering decisions to make, so many unknowns, so much pain, frustration, discouragement in my life and in the lives of loved ones, all I could do was stare at the blank piece of paper. (Yes, I still write my first drafts with an old-school pen and pad.)
I opened my Bible and asked God what He wanted me to learn, or re-learn, so I could share.
I leaned into His grace, totally at peace . . . and waited . . . until I landed in the Gospel of Mark.
John the Baptist reminded me of my purpose as God’s beloved child.
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make His path straight.” (Mark 1:3)
John the Baptist reminded me who was in charge.
He “who is mightier” than I‒Jesus (Mark 1:7).
He who baptized me with the Holy Spirit‒Jesus (v. 8).
The Father is well pleased with the Son‒Jesus (v. 11).
My Heavenly Father is also pleased with me, His beloved child.
God loves us . . . completely.
No matter how we struggle.
No matter how often we fall short or fall flat on our faces.
No matter how much we feel overwhelmed by our weaknesses, frustrations, discouragement, worries, and even doubts.
No matter how long we’re battered by the winds of worry as we wait in the wilderness of what-else-can-go-wrong.
God remains sovereign, loving constant and caring (vv. 12-13).
He knows we’ll face temptations.
He’s ready to meet all our needs.
He’s not surprised by whatever the “wilderness” looks like in our personal lives.
The Lord empowers us to navigate the obstacle courses riddled with pain, heartache, tough decisions, shaky ground, long lines, depleting resources, and foggy horizons.
His ordained paths lead straight to the center of perfect will . . . according to His well-planned timing . . . not ours.
We don’t have to fear God’s deliberate delays or detours.
We can trust His compass, believe His complete goodness, rely on His proven faithfulness, and surrender to His Word.
No matter when, where, or how we land on this path God has planned for us, we’ll be safe in the refuge of His life-restoring love.
No matter what comes . . . Jesus is still enough.
Father God, thanks for giving us confidence in Your abilities, Your trustworthiness, and Your never ending supply of love. Thanks for reminding us that we don’t need to know what’s ahead because we can trust You no matter what comes. In Jesus’s name, Amen.