This can be harder to do than we think. I have friends, who are facing the loss of a loved one. Cancer has ravaged his body for a long time, but he has always rallied round and returned to ‘face another day’: now, with the addition of an infection, he has been rendered unable to continue the fight – his wife faces the eventuality of life without him, sooner rather than later.
The only comfort to be obtained from this reality, is that they are both very strong in their faith and in their love of God through Jesus Christ – how else do you endure the emotional roller-coaster that long-term illness brings; knowing that your body and its’ immune defenses have reached their limit, and can no longer fight the invading cells within.
Non-believers often scoff at our belief in an unseen God, and I admit it can seem rather unrealistic – but I know – without any shadow of doubt, that this unseen God has ‘pulled me through’ some pretty difficult situations in the past and has healed where medical staff have given up hope. I cannot explain how it works – all I know is that it does! He provides for us in ways we do not understand – what we have to do is trust in His works in our lives, and continue to have faith that all that He provides is for our betterment – after all, without this belief in a good God – what’s the point of living?.
Psalm 23 – says it all
The Lord is my Shepherd (relationship)
I shall not want (supply)
He makes me to lie down in green pastures (rest)
He leads me beside the still waters (refreshment)
He restores my soul (healing)
For His names’ sake ((purpose)
Yea, though I walk through the valley – of the shadow of death (testing)
I will fear no evil (protection)
For You are with me (faithfulness)
Your rod and Your staff comfort me (discipline)
You prepare a table before me, in the presence of my enemies (hope)
You anoint my head with oil (consecration)
My cup runs over (abundance)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life (blessing)
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (security)
In times of trial or testing, all we can do is “hang in there” and “hang on” to God, because if we do not have faith that He is ready, willing and able to help us – what else is there – surely all that is left is utter despair – and that is not a good or nice place to be!
Prayer: We do not understand how Your Way works – all we know is that it does, and we are thankful for that. Grant us, Father, the wisdom to hear You and trust in You and all that You provide; only then will we be equipped to take the next right step and take one day at a time. Amen!