Thought I’d change things up a bit this week. Instead of writing about cultural rot, I thought I’d share something far more significant. The wonder of God’s mercy.
I’ve been struggling with some serious health issues. At points it was looking bleak, but God mercifully provided for me. I’m not out of the woods yet, and the problems aren’t completely resolved, they may never be in this life but God was amazingly faithful.
As I said, He didn’t remove my struggles but He did something far more signifiant. He gave me peace in the midst of serious personal struggle.
If you’ve experienced earth shattering sorrow and pain, you understand what I’m talking about. Getting healed is indeed a deep desire. No one wants to be sick. But often when we are, we work ourselves into a frenzy wondering why God isn’t providing the healing we need.
The why’s, the feeling of divine abandonment grow thick for many of us. That’s why it such a blessed condition to have a sound and stable mind, a mind that remains calm and doesn’t race ahead to the all the worst variables and possible negative implications.
Soundness of mind when the darkness of death looms over us can only come from God, trust me. We’ll all face this one day. But I know now that only in Christ can we face it with remarkable calm.
Is it possible to face such situation – like death – in our own determined mental strength?
I think not. If my nature has taught me anything over the last four months it is that we are all prone to let fear, resentment, anxiety, worry and doubt rob us when we most need peace and calm.
That’s why God’s provision of “peace” in the midst of the vicissitudes of our turbulent and frail lives is the most amazing blessing I’ve experienced. Again, getting healed on the whole is wonderful and desirable. But not everyone gets that prayer answered and that doesn’t mean God has abandoned us.
This life is temporary. We won’t live forever. We must all face death and decay one day – sooner or later for some – and the real question will be: will you be able to face it with peace and a sound mind, or will the fear of the unknown send you into panic?
I have to say, that I never quite understood the precious treasure of divine peace before. And I’m not saying I wish you all have the same crash course I recently had.
Failing health is a terrible burden. But boy, what serenity God’s amazing peace brings.
Anyway, my experience isn’t unique. Countless other people have experienced the same sustaining hand of God. I guess I’m just one of the fortunate ones. I can share this experience with complete strangers in hopes of encouraging you in wherever place you are.
God is definitely good and merciful. And God will provide the peace you need when you need it. Just ask him directly and sincerely for it.
I share this hymn as a testament to God’s glory!
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