God, however, does not see things as we do. He sees beyond our circumstances to what He envisioned when He allowed those circumstances into our lives.
One thing God keeps trying to drive into my head is IT IS NOT ABOUT ME. No, rather it is ALL ABOUT
H I M !!!
We have a good friend who is battling terminal cancer. Yet his and his wife's attitude is amazing. Why? Because they know that it is all in God's hands, not theirs and not even the doctors. Yes, they go to the doctor and they are seeking the best medical advice and treatment possible. But they still understand that ultimately our lives are in His hands.
I read the blog today of a young family whose young son just had major surgery and is now battling for his life due to an unforseen infection. They are calling out to God, trusting Him for the outcome. Is it hard? Absolutely! But they have known Him long enough to know that He is trustworthy.
How about YOU? If that were you in either of those situations, would YOU trust God? Do you know Him well enough to know He is faithful? Cause I can tell you, if you don't, when YOUR desperate situation comes on the scene of your life, you are going to have a really rough time. In fact, I wonder how you will even make it .
God teaches us through our daily struggles that He is faithful and He is enough. Each time we face a crisis of any proportion, He is there. And when we learn to lean on Him, to wait for Him, to trust that He really does know what He is doing, we are building spiritual muscle. Then one day, when the totally impossible situation arrives in our lives, we will not wonder, rather we will KNOW that JESUS is big enough!
I read a devotional in the One Year Women's Devotional that spoke so eloquently to this. The writer, Leighann McCoy wrote about her experience of learning she had colon cancer:
"You might have hoped that God gave me a "word" and that I smiled and quoted it aloud to my medical frieinds. But that's not what happened. For fifteen minutes I wept like a baby.
But as soon as my husband and I got in the car, a deep peace rose up in me like the tide rising around a Caribbean island. The peace that passes all understanding swallowed up my tears. When peace moved in I didn't know if I would live or die. I didn't know if the cancer had spread. I didn't know what tests I would have to take or what appointments I would be making or canceling.
But what I did KNOW put all that I didn't know into its place. I knew that God was on His throne. I knew that He was still good and I was still loved. I knew that Jesus took care of death for me a long time ago on an old rugged cross. And I knew that He was with me every step of the way."
Friend, if you are facing an impossible situation today, it really does not matter what you DO know, unless you know JESUS. For He is the only one who can get you through it, no matter what. I pray that you do know Him and that you KNOW that He can be trusted.
My friend whose husband is battling cancer said to me that she knew it sounded crazy, but that they had experienced more blessings and seen the faithfulness of God in more things than she could ever have imagined. Yes, I told her, those are the "treasures of darkness" that God promises us in Isaiah 45:3. So even when we find ourselves in difficult situation, IMPOSSIBLE situations, we must remember that God is in the midst of those situations and He will work all things for His good!!