“Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV).
I have heard this verse quoted many times & applied to many circumstance. I recently realized how applicable this verse is to those of us with health conditions.
Living with limitations, it is easy to lose vision for our lives. Having to give up a job, career, ministry, or daily household tasks, we can feel useless & unnecessary. It becomes easy to fall into depression & isolation, & we can indeed begin to “perish”.
I found this happening to myself at one point. The more depressed & isolated I became, the more difficulty I had bringing myself back in to contact with others. I was denying the truth of God’s Word which says that He has a plan & purpose for my life, regardless of my physical condition.
The Lord has a vision & purpose for each of us at this point in time. Before my health decline, my only writing consisted of college term papers written years ago. Yet God had a vision for my life which I would not have thought possible—writing devotionals.
The same is true for each of us. We may not all be called to write, but we can intercede for, encourage, & support others to the glory of God in various ways.
Although health problems may seem to limit our earthly usefulness, they do not limit our usefulness in God’s kingdom. God’s ways & thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8), & He will bring about all that He has planned (Isaiah 46:11). As we seek the Lord’s face, His light will guide & direct us in to the purposes He has for us, even in our infirmities. Every day, may we ask the Lord to see our lives with a thriving heavenly vision, rather than a perishing earthly one.
Prayer: Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; nought be all else to me, save that Thou art- Thou my best thought, by day or by night, waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light (Irish hymn). Amen.
About the Author:
Bronlynn Spindler is a wife & mother of three grown daughters & lives in Fredericksburg, VA. God’s grace & strength give her the ability to deal with chronic back pain, depression, headaches, & fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com & contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.