“Great is our Lord & mighty in power; His underst&ing has no limit.” (Psalm 147:5 NIV).
One of the frustrations I find within me is my desire to underst&. It is humanly impossible to fulfill all of these longings. For example, I do not underst& the staggering numbers of those of all ages who are sick – chronically. Their sufferings are not only physical, but can become emotionally challenging as well. It seems one is an outgrowth of the other. I include myself in these categories. Over & over diagnosis & relief is sought from medical professionals. For many, their advice brings no long-term relief &/or healing. How can we learn to cope with what we cannot underst&? The everyday world where we once functioned well & could serve others seems shattered & even our faith can be shaken.
This Psalm tells me God’s underst&ing has no limit. I continue to learn that I need to keep my eyes & heart on the One whose essence contains what I am lacking. As my human strength diminishes, His strength can fill those spaces. Do I feel strong? No. Is He strong in me? Yes. Do I underst& this? No. THis may be what He wants me to underst&! He remains mighty. With His strength He helps me to accept what I cannot underst&. We become closer in covenant & relationship.
“When he saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed & helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36 NIV).
I am not a crowd, but I am part of a “crowd” of those physically challenged every day. Doubts & fears can harass & cause us to feel helpless. God knows our every need & offers His personal care. I have felt His compassion in my weakness & His underst&ing when others cannot fathom what I am experiencing. When I turn to Him, He gathers me up as His precious lamb until I can sense His help flowing into me.
Prayer: Lord, I am a part of Your created universe. You underst& the work of Your h&s. Deepen my trust that You abide within me giving Your strength in my times of need. Amen.
About the Author:
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.