“In all things you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (I Peter 1:6-7)
Perhaps most of us have experienced mental, physical or spiritual pain either simultaneously or at different times. During the 52 years of my life, I have suffered from all three due to abandonment, betrayal and all kinds of flaming arrows thrown at me from evil people. Satan! I Am Still Standing! Ephesians 6:16, tells us to “take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil.”
We must not perpetuate our faith to become Satan’s playground. What about you? What oppositions are you giving the authority in your life? The Israelites’ experience should teach us we should not focus on our circumstances and oppositions, but focus on God through troubled waters.
Some of you are aware that in 2009, I sustained many traumatic injuries that resulted in years of physical therapy, concussion, migraines, right shoulder rotator cuff tear, neck and back injuries, and approximately fourteen surgeries, including back surgery in August 2015. Afterward, I was diagnosed with other medical conditions such as chronic iron deficiency anemia; and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance which is a condition that causes the body to create abnormal protein with a slight increased risk of developing blood and bone marrow diseases, including serious blood cancers such as multiple myeloma or lymphoma; Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 2; and Hypertension. I also suffer from peripheral neuropathy, swollen left leg and foot, and sometimes with a limp from left foot pain. By God’s Grace I Am Still Standing. In pain yes, but standing.
Hence, as led by the Holy Spirit, on June 29, 2019, blogging became an outlet for me to share my pain, struggles, blessings and to encourage others. However, it turned out that you, followers and viewers of my blogs encouraged me. The past seven months have been an amazing journey with you. I look forward to our continued blogging interactions.
Last week, my neurosurgeon and I discussed recent neck and back MRIs which call for more therapy, neck traction and spine and joints pain relief injections. I look forward to some relief other than having a second back surgery. Apostle Paul said it best “Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (II Corinthians 12:10). By God’s Grace I Am Still Standing.
What about you? Are you going to let God navigate over your troubled waters? Or are you going to focus on the circumstances? Perhaps some of you feel as though your backs are against the wall dealing with illnesses, bereavement, unhappiness, loneliness, or unemployment, grief, sadness, financial difficulties, or the like? By God’s Grace You Are Still Standing, perhaps not where you wish to be, but still living to make changes.
There are no oppositions that can stay the hand of God if He chooses to act on our behalf. Sometimes, we have to be strong for weaker vessels to see God’s power in sustaining us through our infirmities.
“But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.’” — Jeremiah 30:17
II Corinthians 6:4-10; James 2-4, 12; Psalm 129:1-2; Isaiah 40:29-31; Psalm 91:1-16