“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
Quite a few years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was quite a blow because I was a very active young woman. I took Tae Kwon Do, weight lifted, and played hard when I wasn’t working.
The fatigue and pain of the disease slammed me hard. I didn’t want to deal with the disease. Or any disease for that matter. I wanted to work hard and play hard.
One night as I contemplated the consequences of living with a chronic disease, I asked God to heal me. After all, he’s the God of the universe. All powerful. He could heal easily heal me.
Instead of healing my body, he gave me the above verse. He did, however, heal my broken heart. When he reminded me that he wouldn’t waste this hurt but would use it for his glory, I began to understand that in spite of having a chronic illness that makes me hurt and tired, God can still use me.
I wish I could say that I always have a positive attitude when it comes to my health issues, but the truth is, some days I get down and wish they would just go away. It always seems when I’m having a pity party, God shows me a way that he has used me in the midst of my disability.
I strive to maintain satisfaction no matter what my lot because God is bigger than my problems, and he won’t leave me to struggle on my own.
Do you have an area you struggle with? If so, I’d love to hear about it and to encourage you to keep fighting the good fight.