Our pain may prevent us from noticing some of the ways God works through it, but take a moment to reflect on what you may have missed. Elizabeth shares her morning thoughts on this.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! “ (Romans 11:33)
My delight was high as I swept the layer of fluffy snow off the car. Aside from the joy of being ableto clear off a car, I had another joy in mind.
My girlfriend was out of town and loaned me her vehicle so I could go to my aquatic therapy. I do not get to go regularly because we have only one car and my husband needs that for his 45-minute commute to work.
However, this week I had an extra freedom, I was not dependent on others to go anywhere. Today I planned to go to the library and spend whatever amount of time I wanted in the Rest Ministries Sunroom, catching up with my groups and friends there. Luxury, free, high-speed internet. We have slow speed and pay per use in our rural area.
My thoughts turned back to the car as I brushed a stick in the front grill. I was about ready to pull it out when I realizes this was no errant placement. On closer observation, that stick held part of the headlight in place by filling a crack. I remembered my friend had hit a deer recently. Ah ha!
That’s how my illness is, I pondered. A seeming obstacle in my way, yet God knows it has its important purpose in the bigger picture.
This has proved so true time and time again for me as I have seen how God works. The lab tech that was cranky until my easy to find veins made her day. The concerned pharmacist who was astonished by my calm composure at a major medication foul up. Here a little, there a little, the Lord was using my “little stick” in the flesh for a bigger picture.
Prayer: Almighty God, only You know all the good things that have come from this painful journey of mine. Thank You for showing me bits and pieces of the big picture to keep me going along the way. I praise You for the coming day when we will know all of it and praise You in perfection forevermore. Amen.
About the author:
Elizabeth Vendley is the wife David, and lives in North Central Michigan. They have raised seven children. Elizabeth has lived with severe Interstitial Cystitis since 1996. Her passion is glorifying the Lord by writing out the lessons He has taught her. She would love to hear from readers through the Sunroom.
What good things come from you journey? Does it put you in places and among people who might need a bit of ‘light’ in their own trials?
This song, “Be Still” is sung by Caroly Arends. We may all talk of “being still” but it is so hard to do in life sometimes, isn’t it? I think you will be able to relate to her lyrics. -Lisa