My focus in these blog posts has been that you the readers would get to know God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ in a deeper, more intimate way. You receive shared glimpses and snippets of my life through these devotionals. That can stir a sense of knowing me on some level.
You are family to me – brothers and sisters in Christ. A while back I wrote about God reminding me of letting family know of needs in the post titled Praise Him! In writing this post, I want to continue pointing readers to Jesus while implicitly asking for prayer.
Glory to God the Father
I am a private person by nature. I find there is a healthy tension between balancing a private life versus public life. In my desire to direct others to Jesus for salvation, hope, strength, inspiration and encouragement, I have chosen to share myself through this blog. In obedience to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, I expose enough of myself to be authentic to you, the readers. Yet I exercise restraint to avoid a pitfall of making this blog about me. You will find I guardedly reveal myself in an attempt to keep all glory bestowed on God the Father where it is justly due.
Peace in Sovereignty
I have chronic, long-term health matters that affect daily life. God is sovereign and I can trust that whatever He permits to touch my life has a good purpose whether or not I understand it and whether I get healing, this side of heaven, or not. All humanity, even those in “good health” are dying in incremental amounts each day. By the time many of you read this, I will be venturing into three days of treatment.
My life story could be titled Trauma to Triumph. God has walked me through many traumas in my lifetime. The “triumph” is the fact He loves me and uses all my pain and my mistakes to bring glory to the Father while pointing people to the risen Savior, the one who heals, restores and gives abundant life.
Blessings in Tough Stuff
Abundant life does not equal comfortable life as many in Western civilization think. In John 16:33 Jesus warned the disciples, “In this world you will have trouble.” In Luke 9:23 He tells them they, “must deny themselves and take up their cross daily.” In the beatitudes Jesus refers to situations most do not equate with being pleasant or free from hardship – the poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who are persecuted and when people insult you.
When have you thought of mourning, persecution or being insulted as comfortable? Yet Jesus said those people are blessed. We desire blessings but these words of Jesus cause me to wonder why people tend to earnestly seek out an opulent, comfy lifestyle so much. Has comfortable living perhaps become an idol? Do we/I quickly slam the door, ignoring the nudge of the Holy Spirit if the price to pay is our own discomfort? When has a cross been comfortable?
“What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self” (Luke 9:25, NIV).
By age, I am beyond the half-way point of whatever time the Father has allotted me. I sense an increasing urgency to press towards the mark, as Paul states, and finish this time well. What is done for Christ will last, so I want my allocated days, weeks, months or years remaining, to be consumed for the glory of God and God alone.
“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus… But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14, CSB).
When seeking healing, direction and answers I must remember to cling to God, seek to know Him more fully versus becoming immersed in all the information available to me on a particular diagnosis or problem. Will I love this temporal life more than adoring my Redeemer? Will I trust in human reasoning and logic over imparted knowledge from the One who is all wise?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6, CSB).
For Further Study
Read and meditate on Ecclesiastes 7:2, Philippians 3:12-14, Proverbs 3:5-6 and Luke 9:23-26.
Father God, forgive me for often longing for life to be comfortable and easy. That is not what You promised me. Help me to graciously accept all gifts that You give me, especially those that do not appeal to me. Thank You for planning good gifts for my redemption and refining. When the benefaction comes through something hard and difficult, cause me to receive it willingly. I can trust You to give me strength to endure.
During trials, open my eyes to the needs of others around me so that I continue to serve You. Fill me with joy and gladness till the overflow saturates those around me. Let me not succumb to weariness, refresh me through the power of the Holy Spirit. Calm anxiety and fear that surges like the waves of the sea. Remind me to fix my eyes on You, the One who can silence a storm with a word. You are mighty and worthy of all praise. Hallelujah and Amen!
I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About section if you want to read more of my story.
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