This one may be too simple, but I hate to overlook it. Usually on Thursday I share a resource or ministry I am thankful for, but today I’ve just been thinking a lot about how thankful I am for the power of God at work in my life. I learned like the Psalmist in Psalm 119:71, that:
“It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn from your decrees.”
This winter, I have been sick a lot. Not fluish, puking, on my death bed sick. But virus-y, sinus-y, draggin’ my bones out of bed sick. For about the past 3 months, I’ve had a sinus infection I haven’t been able to beat (and yes, I have tried it all), finding some greater relief in the past couple of days. (Yea! Jesus and steroid packs!)
No joke. During this time I have been on several meds, along with vitamins and a little more rest than normal, I know without a doubt that it has been the power of God that has been sustaining me and is healing me.
Not only is His power healing me, it’s also through His power that God is humbling me, helping me to see Him in new ways. This weekend I was thinking of the verse in Psalm 20:7 that says,
“Some trust in chariots, some trust in horses, but as for us, we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
I realized that my modern day version may have needed to be:
“Some trust in Zpack, some trust in netty pots, but as for me, I will trust in the name of the Lord my God.”
Don’t get me wrong. Like I said, I took the Zpack–several times. I used that disgusting nasal rinser thingy. (Great day! I suppose it helps, but really? It’s just digusting!) Those things have helped, some, and I have no problem accepting help from my doctor or the local pharmaceutical industry. But in the day to day, when there was still a relationship with God to tend to, a husband to love and care for, a home to look after, a son getting engaged, and ministry to be done, I was reminded again that it has been and it should always be the power of God giving me the strength–even in my fatigue–to press on. My pace may have been a bit slower, and I may have had to say no to a couple of things. But God’s power at work in me allowed me the wisdom to know what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to, and the strength to fulfill the tasks He has called me to.
His power has humbled me. I seriously am not a getting sick kind of girl, and had a bit of a hard time accepting this season of sinus in my life. I’ve just never not been able to beat something before. But this time has allowed me to learn to ask for help. It’s helped me to learn to separate the good from the best a bit more. His power has increased my compassion for those fighting long term illnesses of varying degrees a bit more, and it has reminded me that sometimes when I feel like giving up and crashing on the couch, His power is what I need to continue on for the sake of the Gospel. (And yes, it has also taught me that sometimes you just need to go crash on the couch.)
Our church will be beginning a week of revival in a few days. It’s a great, yet demanding week. We hold a special children’s revival, and I know that it’s demanding on our kids, their families, and the team that ministers with them. But I also know that this same power of God I have been experiencing day after day throughout my life is going to continue to sustain us through the coming week as we come to share the gospel, as we come to hear the gospel, as we invite friends to join in the gospel and as we see God at work in His most awesome power.
So as I think back over the past couple of months and I think about the weeks and months to come, I am overwhelmingly thankful for the power of God which strengthens us, saves us, sanctifies us and sustains us today and every day until He returns for us.