“Yet I am always with you, you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory. . . . My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:23-24, 26)
For 20 years I have had chronic illnesses. Each year it has gotten more and more severe, and more illnesses have crowded into this body of mine. In the past 2 years my body has deteriorated a lot! So much has changed so quickly! My pain levels have been much higher, and my muscle weakness has driven me to the use of a wheelchair almost exclusively now. My fatigue is often all encompassing. I become afraid as I face flares that come more often and last longer.
As I look back, there are many times I see God’s Hand holding me up when I keep my eyes on Him. I was a very frightened young mother and pastor’s wife when I first received my diagnosis. I had two preschool kids, and my husband and I were in our first full time Pastorate!
Now, I have raised my family, and my kids are young adults with a close relationship to the Father. My husband and I have celebrated 20 years in the ministry and are semi-retired now, with two little country churches part time. I can see very clearly that the plusses far outweigh the negatives by a long shot! If I would have been told what all would lie ahead I would not have believed what a joy my life would be!
Look at the promises in our scripture reading. “My Father is holding my right hand, guiding me with His counsel, and afterward will take me into glory!” I have heard it said that 1 out of every 1 people will die. Living is not forever. But if we realize that He is holding our hand, guiding and counseling us even in our pain, and then will take us to glory; we can not really find too much to pout about.
Our current pain may be severe, but holding our hand is the loving Father who is with us now and forever.
Prayer: I am so glad and relieved that You are always with me. When I am afraid I can trust in you always. You are my Rock and my strong tower. I praise Your name for all the joy You have brought into my life. Amen.
About the Author:
Sandra Platt lives in beautiful rural Indiana, with her family, and her very spoiled and precious kitty. She has multiple chronic illnesses and lives in pain every day. She is enjoying the fellowships and friendships that she receives with Rest Ministries. You can reach her in the Sunroom.
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The scripture tells us that God is the strength of our hearts and our portion forever. When you become afraid, I encourage you to list the times He has held onto you before. I promise you, you will find yourselves counting many blessings.