He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”–Luke 8:48
After surviving any tragic event or illness, many find themselves evaluating the quality of their lives and perhaps faith. I’ve found that I’ve personally experienced the most spiritual growth when I was my weakest physically. I’ve always been a spiritual person, but the quiet time that illness forced upon me allowed me an opportunity to build a better relationship with the Father. There are times now when I get discouraged because I’m not 100% and I hear the Father clearly say, “Are you serious? Surely, you haven’t forgotten how far you’ve come.” Then I straighten my back and go in peace.
It’s those time when fear or doubt sets in that I have to be reminded of how great our God really is. Through ICU, medical retirement, and adjusting to living with a chronic illness — God has provided and carried me and my family in ways words cannot express. When I begin to throw a pity party or get discouraged, I’m reminded of the spinal surgeon being amazed I was still walking! I get tired and winded, but praise God, I’m still here and better than they thought. When I hear a discouraging report, I take it to God and ask for his report. [Isaiah 53:1]
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.–1 Peter 2:24
No matter your situation, God can heal you. It takes faith and boldness and God has deposited all that in each of us. Sometimes we do not allow ourselves to rely on the gifts of our Father. Don’t give up, seek Him even more. He is the ONLY answer.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the peace we find in you. We ask that you reveal to us how to tap into that peace as chaos surrounds us. We seek to bring peace with our presence. Guide us and keep us. Amen.