|Posted on June 6, 2019 at 7:35 AM|
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Coming home from our trip to London was rougher than I thought. The first couple of days I chalked up my fatigue and pain to jet lag. However, jet lag only lasts two or three days. Today I am in bed writing this blog post. The weather patterns at home are horrible! Today it is pouring down rain. I’ve been pushing myself along to get caught up on yard work, clean up and plant my garden, on top of unpacking, laundry, and general house work. Today was a crash day. I bemoaned my lack of enthusiasm from the pain and fatigue that clouded my thoughts. How can I possibly get my writing done, Lord? This thought came to mind: Do it a little at a time and work from this very topic. There are plenty of people out there reading your blog who feel like you. So, I write this for both of us. As discouraging as it is, I have to remind myself that I’ve enjoyed remission for quite a while. Flare-ups with my health will come and go. When it rains on my life, I need to grab my umbrella and cling to my faith in Jesus Christ.
Read: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
Focus Verse: “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 ESV
When it rained, it poured for Paul and his companions. Paul had been shipwrecked, bitten by poisonous snakes, stoned, beaten, and whipped. These incidents always left their permanent marks on this traveling evangelist-tent maker. He possibly had vision problems. In one of his letters, he says, "Look what large letters I write with my own hands!" (Galatians 6:11). He usually had someone else write what he told them to write. His faith in Christ drove him to continue preaching and teaching even to the point of death (Acts 24:5, 2 Timothy 4:6-7, 16). Paul knew he had nothing to lose and everything to gain. It was certainly pouring for him in his prison cell awaiting death, but he had his umbrella of a kingdom outlook and clung to his faith in Jesus Christ whom he faithfully served.
Our bodies are certainly fragile. No doubt about it. Even if you are healthy, free of any disease or disorder, you can get sick or injured. We haven't had the downpour Paul experienced, but we can certainly feel overwhelmed by our circumstances. For those of us with chronic illness, we are constantly aware of how fragile we are. One day, we can do anything like anyone else, but bad days can land us in bed unable to do simple daily activities. Sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. God, why am I down in bed today? The answer might be to allow Him to show His strength through our weakness. We can always pray. We can often talk. We can write intermittently. We can encourage, share God’s Word, and of course, share Jesus and how He has changed our lives. It may be difficult, but we can trust Him to carry us through because people need to see Him through us. We can because He can. On a rainy day in life, grab your umbrella and cling to your faith in Christ.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Insights for Living by Charles Swindoll. Article Library, "Historical Background of Paul's Final Imprisonment. August 14, 2017.