In less than two weeks school is out and the summer officially begins. I have a stack of papers that include dates of camps, possible events for our family to go to, coupons for events such as the fair and Legoland, and more.
I have procrastinated on signing up my son for anything, yet time is running out. I fear that I am going to make a poor choice and something better will come along. Well, actually, my fear is more that I won’t be able to fulfill the committments I’ve made.
Living with illness is one of the most unpredictable circumstances one can find themselves in. January through March I had the most difficult three months out of 18 years of living with rheumatoid arthritis.
I changed rheumatologists and told him I needed help getting down to a lower dose of prednisone and then losing weight. These two factors could make a significant difference in many conditions I now have (osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cataracts, etc.)
Now that I am having good results of getting down 7 mgs of the steroids and losing 10 pounds so far, I am wondering if I am on a “roll” and things are looking up. Or, have I had a good run and that major flare is just below the surface, waiting to destroy my summer.
I am trying to think positive and believe I am doing well–and will continue to do so. But it’s hard. Experience has taught me that a good attitude can be helpful, but that some days it has nothing to do with how my body reacts.
When I read this verse, “The Lord has done what He predicted with me” it reminded me that it is not my body that is going to predict my life–it’s my Lord. God will do what He has predicted through me. My body may flare. I may face challenges or even disabiling flares this summer. Or I may not. Regardless, God has already predicted what the summer holds. Worrying about it will not change anything, but living fully dependent on God will change me.
Prayer: Lord, help me to surrender each day over to You and have a willing heart to face whatever it holds. Allow me the find peace in knowing that you have already predicted what You will do through me, so I need not worry about what may or may not happen.
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since 1993. She lives in San Diego with her husband and 8-year-old son.
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What emotions does it stir up in you to know that the Lord will do what He has already predicted through you? How does this factor into the decisions you make or may worry about?