Last night as the clock neared 5:15 PM the sky was getting past dusk into dark. My son wanted to continue to drive his new remote control car outside. “I will just do it in the lawn and the driveway,” he pleaded. Honestly, he very likely would have been fine, but I was not going to sit outside in the cold any longer and I could not allow him to be out there alone with it getting dark.
In our world of crazy circumstances, it was not safe. He wasn’t happy and demanded an explanation. It led to a discussion about how there are bad people in the world that could come by and grab him and I loved him too much.
It is hard to understand why, in the midst of chaos and even heart-ache, commands can delight us. Yet, even when we watch our young children test our boundaries, there is some sigh of relief (between their screams perhaps) that we have set a boundary. “You cannot get away with that. That is not okay. I love you too much to allow you to pursue your own desires when you don’t understand the big picture.”
Remember that God designed you. He knows exactly what makes you tick. He knows what makes you get out of bed in the morning, what makes you laugh, what makes you sit and cry at 2 AM. He knows what makes you feel motivated and what makes you feel like throwing in the towel. Nothing about you is a surprise to Him. But none of us are made perfectly. We are each flawed. And part of our time on earth it to become even more of the person God created us to be.
Some things we may always struggle with. Other situations we may learn from and have the joyful consequences of seeing how our changes in attitude and how we react to the situation increases the quality of relationships and more.
When trouble hits you and overwhelms you, it is easy to see only an endless road of hopelessness. Turning to the Word and reading God’s commands may seem like the last thing that you want to do. But give God the benefit of the doubt. Like we give our children guidance when they are in pain, and they respond with thankfulness that at least they have a path to follow, God gives us commands to help us in our own chaos, especially when our illness seems to overwhelm our lives.
Each command is given in love, in unconditional love. God knows His commands will guide us to peace, thanksgiving, joy, and love for those around us.
Prayer: Lord, when I think of the list of things You have commanded me to do, it’s one more way I can choose to feel like a failure! Remind me that your commands are not meant for me to feel guilty about, but to come to you with a repentant heart and then follow Your lead. Amen.
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is an author, speaker, and the founder of Rest Ministries which serves the chronically ill. She lives in San Diego with her husband and 8-year-old son. She is currently writing a book for Christian moms who live with chronic illness. If you are interested in sharing your stories, feedback and confessions for the book, visit her Facebook page at http://MomWithIllness.com .
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Can you think of one of God’s commands that may help you feel a sense of relief as you are experiencing a difficult season?