“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
One thing I have found with facing daily chronic challenges is that it is so easy for me to focus on myself & so difficult to find that “peace.” I have almost continual reminders of “me”. My challenges are daily, almost minute-by-minute reminders that I am not the person I was. For me to be ok, I must look beyond those challenges.
What seems to cause the most pain is my own expectation that there should be no pain or suffering – that life should be simple & easy. And yet, even Scripture tells us that is not so. What I am finding is that if I am not taken aback by my new challenges, if I don’t view them as something that “shouldn’t” happen, they are easier to deal with. So James knew exactly what he was saying when he wrote “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.” (James 4:12)
I am learning we must realize that bad things can & will happen. At the same time, we must realize that we have the opportunity to rise about these things & not focus on them or ourselves, but to focus on our God who is the author & perfector of our faith – the one we can run to in each & every situation, the one who will hear our cries, the one who has already overcome the world.
Father God. We live in a difficult & sometimes scary world. We may not underst& what is happening to us & to those around us. Yet, I thank you, that in all of these times, you are there, feeling our pain, knowing our hearts, & loving us through each & every trial that comes our way. Help us to keep our eyes on You. Amen.
About the Author:
Deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain & chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord & Savior. Her multiple illnesses (Celiac Sprue, Atrial Fibrillation, Ankylosing Spondylitis, to name a few) have taught her many things about herself & her Christian walk. It is her fondest prayer that some of her lessons might be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. deni can be reached at EncouragingWords@me.com. Her website is http://www.pathwaysforchange.com/Encouragement.