“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service.” (1 Timothy 1:12)
I’ve recently had medical tests for concerns of new symptoms including the weakening of my physical strength. With these unknowns my need for spiritual strength has been heightened. Naturally, my hope has been for easy and positive answers.
How does God give His strength when we feel so weak? I believe it can be different for each of us. God is so personal and knows how to best help us.
My tests were very difficult physically but I experienced God leading me through “in His strength.” I was to meet with my doctor two days after the tests for the results. I planned to stay in my pajamas during that interim day! That was not to be as my phone rang that day. My doctor wanted to see me immediately.
Such a scenario can elevate anxiety, yet as I hung up the phone, a peace descended upon me unlike any I had experienced for some time. It was God’s peace – His strength manifested as peace.
Oh, the enemy tried to get through the peaceful shield that God had wrapped around me. His assaults were met with God’s steady strength as I waited an hour for my doctor to come into the exam room, even as I had no clue what the brain scan had shown. In the quiet I sensed God within me with His still small voice.
“Thank you, for trusting Me.”
“Yes, Lord, I do trust You.”
“That is what I mean, Lynn. Do you understand that as much as you are trusting Me, I am trusting you to trust Me?”
It was a deep moment. My trusting the Lord is something He longs for. It is a mutual faithfulness. How much more can I love Him than by trusting Him completely? When I do, He can change my weakness into His strength.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that the medical imaging of my brain is clear. I thank You even more that in our exchanges at this time You clearly and deeply communicated to me how trust is the bedrock of our love and relationship. Amen.
About the Author
Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 27 years of living with daily physical challenges.
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