Let's say you are ill, very, very ill... you pray for healing. It doesn't come.... others are praying for your healing... it doesn't come. You plead, cry out and mourn over the life that you no longer have because of this illness, you spend much time lamenting and begging for healing to come.... it doesn't come.
Scenario One: Life continues in a cycle of praying and asking and feeling defeated that your prayers, and the prayers of others on your behalf go unanswered. You are convinced you have no purpose and the enemy has won. You know that there is no purpose for you in all this.
Moments of illness become years of torment. Years of torment have destroyed everything. And, you are bitter, unsatisfied and angry at God. Your life has been lived in pain and concern for becoming well, in defeat, anger.... and in your life you have moments of reprieve and admit, "God is good... he is healing me", but complete healing does not come and the cycle begins again.
Scenario Two: Life continues and you are drawn to pray for others every time the pain seems unbearable. You cling to our Fathers Holy Word and seek for answers diligently in the scriptures. You realize through reading the lives of other saints in the Word that you're not alone... that through it, God is with you (Psalm 34:17-19, Psalm 147:3) and with every day of pursuing God, you realize all the times He was right there carrying you through the muck and mier AND PURSUING YOU... your life and heart. FEAR NOT... "fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." ~Isaiah 41:10.
And, as His Word envelops your life, your heart and consumes your thoughts, you are able to share His light with others... you give thanks for things that tore your heart out before... you become the encourager. The one, despite your own pain, who will always pray for someone, and listen. Because you already know that the LORD will sustain you and carry you in the harshest of moments.
"We are cracked and chipped from our afflictions on all sides, but we are not crushed by them. We are bewildered at times, but we do not give in to despair. We are persecuted, but we have not been abandoned. We have been knocked down, but we are not destroyed." ~2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (The Voice)
Moments of illness become special and precious times with your Creator. Others see your light, and want to know, "how through all that you are going through you are able to pray for others... encourage others"...
Really, there is no scenario one or two, there is life and it is around, between and through both of these ideas, and with God as the focus, God's desire for our life will come to light. It's all about Him.
Just my thoughts as I worship my Creator this morning. He is speaking to me....
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