God knows me so well. He knows my every fear. He not only knows each fear I possess, He knows how to quiet those fears. The thing is, your fears are not so different from my own. And regardless of the specifics of those fears, He calms our uneasiness in much the same way.
For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:25-34
When an individual takes the time to create something, whether it be a masterpiece or something less than stellar, the creator knows each and every inch of his creation. He knows it’s strengths, as well as it’s weaknesses. It is in this way that our Creator knows us. He knew we would be prone to doubts and fears the instant we took our gaze off Him to look at the future. As He said in Matthew 6, tomorrow has it’s own worries. Don’t go there! Stick with the today’s worries; there are plenty of them!
Last week we looked at 5 suggested steps to help us maintain our focus. And if we examine Mark 14, we will see that Christ used these same 5 steps the day prior to His crucifixion. He knew what was ahead, but He had enough to worry about that day. He had to prepare His disciples for what was to come.
He Sent them to Prepare for the Lord’s Supper – And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
He Planned – And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
He Prayed in the Garden – And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.” And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.
He Proceeded, Trusting God – And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him. And he came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
As I have shared before, nothing can make me more emotional or cause me concern than worrying over my health and what the future holds for me. Will I have a lifetime of pain? What kind of wife will I be? What kind of grandmother will I be? You can see how consuming it can be, if I allow myself to think too far ahead. As I try to put these suggestions into practice, I am reminded again and again, that God is in control. He is in control of my future, and if I allow it, He can help me control my emotions by obeying His command to stay focused on Him.
I can PREPARE by learning all I can about my condition and what I need to do to be as healthy as I can possibly be. I can then take what I have learned and PLAN how I will implement it in my life on a daily basis. I will PRAY, asking God’s blessing on my efforts and for His wisdom and direction. I must say I also pray that He will remove this illness, either by my efforts or by His simple healing. I PROCEED by moving forward, executing my plans to take charge of my health, then TRUSTING Him with the outcome, whether that be healing me in this life, or the next.
Allow me to be transparent here. I have made so many changes in my lifestyle to get healthy and I have reaped SO many benefits. The fact is, my fibromyalgia pain has not budged. I will not abandon those changes, regardless of whether or not my pain ever goes away. They are here to stay. I have also prayed for healing and fully trust that God can heal me, whether it be miraculously or because I am finally taking care of the temple that my body is for Him. I am seeing a specialist currently, and have hope that he will be able to help me. But if that doesn’t happen, I don’t plan to keep searching for answers. I will accept God’s “no” as my answer and focus on how to deal with this particular thorn in my flesh. I cannot see using His time and His resources on a never ending basis. He may change my heart on this in the future, but for now, that is my plan. For today, however, we will pray for His wisdom and blessing with this doctor the Lord has placed in my path.
What about you? Would you share your struggle with me so I can pray for you? If you click on this link, it will take you to my contact page where you can share privately with me. I would be honored to pray for you.