“”…8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.””
~ Paul’s 2nd Letter to the Corinthian Church Chapter 12 verse 8-9*
I have been laid out for a bit at home in the same physical pain for the umpteenth time over a few decades. I go to the ER and tell them my painful symptoms in my stomach which makes me unable to breathe in correctly. They, in turn, run all the tests that include checking all the vitals like blood pressure, oxygen, and heart monitoring. By the end of my stay, they send me home with prescriptions for stomach problems and an inhaler. The purple pill, antacids, etc., yet all this time, my recurring “thorn in my flesh” comes back.
I, in turn, look to the Lord for patience and healing. The Lord, in turn, has me waiting for healing.
“Why do you think God hasn’t healed you, Oscar?” People have asked me.
The answer may be a complicated one. But I will say this, it is for me to depend on Him wholly and one hundred percent on Him, His grace and for my patience.
~ His grace will always be sufficient for all of us. I need to grab on to His grace and mercy. His ways are not mine**. I don’t know what’s at the end of my story, He does. I just have to learn to figure out what God is giving me a teaching moment.
~ Right now my body may not feel that God is helping.
~ But my spirit is screaming out in praise, worship and gratitude that I am still alive; that I have hope in healing for this episode.
~ That my hope is not in this bodily form*** but in the future one that has been promised to those who love Christ.
I may not see His ways, but I know that my Redeemer lives(http://biblehub.com/job/19-25.htm) and that He is with me because He promised you and me that He would never leave us nor forsake us**** and that He would always be with us until the end of time*****. That His Spirit our Comforter would not leave us orphans here on earth*****.
So I take to heart and have hope that I will be made whole if not today or tomorrow, it will be in the future…