If God granted your biggest wish right now, would it change your faith in Him forever or just sustain you temporarily until you had another wish you wanted fulfilled?
I ask this because at the depths of my angst and the heights of my chronic pain, all I wanted was to be healed. I thought if God would just heal me, it would change everything for me.
- My faith would be restored.
- I could finally make a difference in His kingdom.
- People would see me and say “wow, God still performs miracles!”
- I could find reasons to smile again.
- Nothing would ever hold me back again.
- I could fill my schedule back up with pool parties, coffee visits, bible study groups, serving here and there and there and there…. if only He would heal me.
But God didn’t heal me. In fact, I will always have fibromyalgia and arthritis. I will probably always struggle with some form of depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. However the journey, in and of itself, has strengthened my faith in God. I now have some wisdom, some life experience, and some ways to connect to other people. I never would have had these gifts if God would have healed me the first or the seventeenth time I asked.
I used to live landmark to landmark – waiting to see what was on the horizon and telling myself, “once this thing is past me, I’ll be fine.” And, “when I get to that next thing, everything will be GREAT!” And, “when I have a job again, we will be financially secure.” I was scared of the pressure while I was suffering physically. I was terrified of the life change. I felt forgotten, isolated, segregated, removed. The pressure of not knowing when or if I would feel good again was too much. I was scared of being in the dark.
I didn’t know how to rely on God.
And when I lived that way (constantly waiting for the next thing), I was essentially covering my ears and rocking back and forth … and shutting out God. He was trying to whisper to me, and sometimes He would send people to try to speak truth into me. But I couldn’t hear them because I was too busy making my own plans. I didn’t even see them because I was too focused on my anticipation of the next thing on the horizon.
Your life is now, not later.
Dont’ wait for the next thing, because you’re going to miss THIS thing. And believe me when I tell you, there is a lesson to be learned in every situation. There is joy to be found and there is sorrow to shake your soul. Just like the Bible says in the book of Ecclesiastes, there really is a time for everything. Don’t wish away these times like I did. Because gems are only produced under pressure. You are a gem to Him. I am a gem to Him. Don’t believe for a second that your worth is what this world tells you it is. DO believe that you ARE a precious gem of the Lord’s. He formed you. He made you. HE PICKED YOU! You have worth and you have sparkle.
So dont’ be afraid of the dark.
God has the ultimate flashlight. He sees you and He loves you. He has not forgotten you. Don’t give up hope in Him.
Look for His light.
Because that’s where you’re going to sparkle.