“God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my courage; he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3
Life is full of surprises! Some come in the form of little ‘God winks’ ~ Those times in life when The Lord sends you serendipity or exactly what you need at just the right time. Other times, the surprises come in the form of unexpected life events…even life-changing events, that test one’s courage, one’s very being. It is during the latter that one must fully turn one’s attention toward God, lest they fall in the water like St. Peter when he walked on the sea with Jesus’ help, when he took his eyes off of Our Dear Lord and perhaps lost his courage.
Over the past week, I have had more than a few medical surprises. The IVIG treatments to treat muscle weakness has stopped working. Sure, I knew I was not feeling well, but I didn’t know why or how sick I really was until I went to the pulmonologist and the neurologist. They tell me it appears that this progressive neuromuscular condition I have had for 32 years is advancing. In essence, both specialists concurred that it is time for me to begin using a wheelchair for 2 different reasons: I am very unsteady on my feet, and I have acute respiratory muscle weakness. Either of these things alone could be enough to emotionally knock me right off my feet; yet together, they form a formidable challenge.
As today’s Scripture reading so eloquently states, “God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid.” For when you lay your life in Jesus’ hands, and I have, you are able to grow in courage and hope. He will lift you to higher ground, and give you sublime confidence in Him to move mountains. He will give you the where with all to weather great storms, if you simply place your trust in Him.
No, I don’t really know what’s ahead. But what I do know is that I am not alone. Jesus is with me and I believe He will provide for my every need. He will watch over me and my family as only He can, as He is the source of my courage, strength, deep abiding peace and joy, even in times of adversity.
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
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