As I write this it’s just two days into the New Year. God has been getting me out of the bed a long time, but this season is so different. It’s taking everything I’ve got and so much more. But, Satan might want to watch out because God is carrying me forward.
Today marks 12 days of consistent day and night physical therapy. I’ve eliminated caffeine out of my life as I’ve learned to guzzle water daily. I know if I just stay in that bed and do nothing I will only become further depressed and Satan will have won.
No, the pain has never ended even 8 months after surgery, but my perseverance and faith sure keep growing. I sincerely thank God for every millisecond of this trial that only He knows the outcome.
You see, it’s not our job to paint the picture, but to let Him paint through us. Worrying changes nothing and pity parties only drown us in despair.
I just finished pressing through 10 sets of physical therapy exercises that might be easy for many others. But, for me it took Jesus Christ pumping through my veins and sometimes tears rolling.
At one time John Legend’s song, “Love Me Now” was blaring through my headphones as I begged God’s strength on that treadmill. You know what I heard?
I heard Jesus asking, “Are you gonna love me now? While the pain is still deep and the future feels so uncertain with your health. Will you love me now or will you just be like most professing Christians, just another fair weather fan!”
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1 Peter 5:7)(NLT)
Join Pastor Craig throughout January as he shares X-Factors that could make 2017 your best year yet. Services @ Refuge Church are 9:15 & 11am. Wear what you have, Come as you are, Never leave the same! They are located @ 203 Eddie Chasteen Dr, Walterboro.