Saturday, April 6, 2013
When It All Falls Apart...Slowly
Hebrews 13:5 (b)~......For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (NKJV)
Jeremiah 29:11~ For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)
Isaiah 55:11~ So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (NKJV)
You see, I am clinging to these promises, and some other personal ones, from God. I am trying not to grow weary in the wait, but rather to let it produce a perfect work in me. (James 1:2-4)
I am not even sure when to begin. Not even sure WHERE it began. All I know is I am weary. Here I sit, in my bed AGAIN, with my fourth bought of bronchitis this year. Yeah, I have a tendency to get sick and I get bronchitis often but this year has been vicious. Meaning when I get it, it won't let go. It lingers. Meaning my doctor here in Mississippi tells me to get my bottom into bed, rest, and eat lots of healthy food. Yep, we were blessed by finding this doctor here. He goes on Medical Missions as well.
I began to ponder in my heart, "Why is this year different?" I have spent much time seeking God on this issue. The answer? Stress. And poor lifestyle habits. Sound like an easy fix? Wrong answer. You see, I am one of those type-A people; wired to control. Hope came in the form of a Bible Study that I had the pleasure of being involved in. The book? Let. It. Go by Karen Ehman. I learned a lot during that study. It is still a daily struggle, but I was extremely blessed by that study.
Our topic this time? Yep--you guessed it! Stressed-Less Living by Tracie Miles. Amazing the way God brings things and people into your life when you need them the most. I am at a breaking point. God keeps whispering 'rest' into my heart. What do I do? Pick up something else to do. Here I blog and work on a Review, all the while "resting". Hopeless, I know. Pulling me away to be a Mary, yet I keep wanting to be a Martha. We NEED Martha's, but we also NEED to be Mary once in a while.
The verse that I hear often?
To be still is to literally cease striving. To me this conjures up an image of resting in God. Remaining still. Standing firm in my faith, as we discussed in this blog post just the other day.
As I sit here typing this, the battle rages on. More phone calls. More bad news. We just lost my grandmother last week, now I hear the news of two more people within the family being placed in Hospice care, about to lose the battle with cancer. One of them needs prayers to reach out to God........and so...........life slowly falls apart. And so......I remember the verse from Hebrews. He will never leave nor forsake me. I remember the verse from Jeremiah-He has a plan in all this. And I remember Romans 8:28; all things work together for good.
So, I wait. And I cry out "Lord, I believe, help me in my unbelief", just as the dad did in Mark 9. Lord, strengthen me according to your word. And now, I cling to this:
Isaiah 40:31~ But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (NKJV).
This song always speaks to me as I go through things: