Choose Belief…

Spending a week (or more) sick can bring a whole new perspective.

Why are we surprised each time when we go through the inconvenience, pain, and agony of the common cold/flu/whatever is going around – that we come out on the other side with a soul rest we desperately needed? I hate getting sick: it messes up my calendar, nothing gets done that should, I worry I’m spreading it to family. Then a week or so later I realize that by not being able to think clearly (or at all) my brain might actually be ready to hear God’s whispers.

At the beginning of this still-not-over but-much-better round of yuck, I lay in bed begging: ‘God just lay Your healing hands on me, I’m supposed to be watching my grandson, I’m supposed to be doing many things’. N-o-t-h-i-n-g. A day or two later: ‘God, really, this can’t go on, I need Your healing now.’ Yes, I actually told Him ‘now’. So grateful He just smiles and thinks ‘Paris, Paris p-l-e-a-s-e let me be in control’ (since He is anyway).

Funny how when we feel good, have what we need, think we’re in control it’s easy to say ‘Oh yeah, I trust God in all things’. Honestly, how long does it take to grow up and mature in God to the point that you don’t see in the mirror a little girl saying ‘now’, (hands on hips optional)?

In Max Lucado’s book Glory Days (excellent by the way) he tells of a father who lost one of his children to a freak accident. Six years after the incident they happened to meet. Hurting no less for the loss, the father testified as to how he’s made it through: “Faith is a choice.” Max said this about Jesus followers:”When forced to stand at the crossroads of belief and unbelief, they choose belief.”

“We live by faith, not by sight.” (2Corinthians 5:7 NIV)

And so on the worst night of my illness when the pain in my cheeks was so bad I wanted to pass out, I passed words into the throne room of heaven ‘Father, You have seen me through all things and I am certainly not as miserable as the poor people in Houston are right now. I can’t even imagine their pain and suffering. I trust You to work out things for me and pray great things for Texas in the aftermath. In Jesus Name, Amen’

Was I healed in the morning – no – but the pain was gone and I found a great doctor at the local urgent care – and my spirit was renewed. Today I CHOOSE BELIEF in the great I AM.

10 Comments on “Choose Belief…

  1. I chose belief and know without any doubt that He will never leave us nor forsake us! Thank you for sharing and I’m glad to hear you are healing!

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    • Robin, isn’t it a comfort – in wake of all that continues to stir up in this world, all things are in His control and we are covered in His love 🙂

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  2. Gotta say I’ve been praying for the rains to cease in Houston and no. This week I’ve been praying for the hurricane heading our way to just go away. No. It’s a challenge to continue praying. Even though I’m trusting God to get us through and my prayers continue I sometimes have trouble telling if it’s faith or desperation. Maybe a little of both.

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    • Oh, Debby, right there with you. I often wonder too – is this me choosing to cling to Him or me choosing to let doubt get the better of me. Either way, blessings as we both choose belief and spread His hope…

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  3. Oh friend, I’m so sorry you’ve not been well. ((hug)) Glad you’re on the upswing; will be praying for a full recovery. Isn’t it like God to teach us, even amidst our pain…often especially amidst it. ((xoxo))

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    • Thank you – and yes, that seems to be when we’ll actually listen 🙂 But rather grow in Him than remain in my little comfort zone. Blessings as you choose belief…

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