27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV
God is our comfort and our strength.
He is healer.
He is deliverer.
He is the vine we have been grafted into as His branches.
He is our Living Water.
He is the Word made flesh.
He is the almighty.
He is faithful.
HE is the great I AM!
He is worthy to worship and praise in the good times and the rough times.
He is our leader, our guide, our Lord!
He is our Savior.
He is our rescuer.
He is our HOPE!!!
Things are rough for me right now. After five weeks, I am still fighting to overcome the pneumonia and the after effects of it. Tonight as I sit here in my recliner, I am struggling to breathe beyond shallow breathing due to the pain of what may be a cracked rib from coughing. I’ve had to go back on pain medication in order to be able to move about at all. I had to call a friend again to get another ride to our doctor’s appointment for tomorrow because I don’t think driving the 45 each way is a good idea with this level of pain.
My son who struggles with many issues had several severe meltdowns that got violent at times and lasted several hours each last weekend as I began putting our structure back in place after being sick for so long. In reaction to me holding my ground on necessary consequences.
Our house hasn’t been clean for over a month.
I am ready for this to be over. I have learned a lot of lessons through the experience of being ill for so long. God continues to teach me and mold me and use this time of weakness and humbling to grow my character…and I am forced over and over to lean on His strength more than my own. Over and over again we have been blessed by our friends, church family and family.
Meals delivered to us, rides to appointments, groceries delivered, cards received, help with the boys…the list goes on. For a woman who struggles to ask for help and be in a position of needing to receive help, it has been a time of being pride being pruned away…
God is my strength, my courage and my refuge.
He is faithful.
I am not alone. You are not alone. I know that so many of us face situations, loss, challenges or illnesses every day…and through it all God stands strong. He is faithful. We can still have hope in the midst of the storm!
We may question why things have to happen the way they do. We may cry out to God…I know I do. We pour out our hearts to Him and ask Him to help us through this time. There are times when we want to ask Him to remove this situation from us. It is just too much. We can’t handle it!!! Why doesn’t He understand?
But the thing is that He does understand.
He understands loss.
He understands betrayal.
He understands losing a child.
He understands feeling alone with a huge weight on His shoulders.
He understands temptation.
He understands us.
He created us.
We are not supposed to handle this. We are supposed to allow Him to give us the strength, the courage, whatever it takes to not just survive but to come through the waters closer to Him…He never, ever meant for us to handle it alone.
In the midst of the storms…let us not forget that the God who created the waters, the storms, and US is with us through every spray of the stormy sea we are in the middle of. We can trust Him to carry us through.
How do we know?
God is faithful. He is never changing. His character is proven over and over again in His Word. He has a character we can trust.
I am relearning over and over again that my trust is not in myself to get through anything…it is in HIM…my Savior…my Rescuer, my Redeemer.
He is there for you too! He is faithful! He is your Savior. He is YOUR Rescuer, YOUR Redeemer.
Sometimes He rescues us by removing the pain or by calming the storm.
Sometimes He rescues us by carrying us through it. Never leaving us or forsaking us.
And once again I am reminded of the pain He suffered on the cross for my sins…our sins.
Once again I am reminded of the torture He endured out of complete sacrificial love for each one of us!
My pain is real. But remembering what He went through for us…remembering He is with me through every moment of every trial…I am filled with peace once again and complete confidence that He will use every trial for His glory and my growth for His glory.
I pray you find peace in placing your confidence in our heavenly Father, our Redeemer, our Rescuer. Our ALL.
He is faithful.
He doesn’t want us to attempt to walk this path alone. His hands and His feet are here with us. He wants us to open up and share our burden with our church family, friends…our sisters in Christ. He hasn’t left us here alone. He has created us to live in community. Is it humbling to share our pain with others?
Do we chance them seeing our wounds…the messiness and realness of our lives?
But there is freedom in living in Him and being real…wounds and all. If we do not open up and share our burdens…be there for each other, how can God work through our weakness to show His strength to draw others closer to Him?
Will used to say to me…are you going to steal my blessing by not letting me help you? Ouch!
Blessings come and are given in so many different ways.
We are the body of Christ.
We are NOT alone.
He is with us…through His Holy Spirit and the Body of Christ.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12: 12-27 NIV
May we stand strong as the Body of Christ…in our times of weakness reaching out to allow the other parts of the body to help us. May we remember it is God taking care of us through His Body here on earth.
Is it easy to reach out and show our weakness? Is it easy to take the chance of being rejected or hurt? No. It isn’t. There have been times in my life when I was hurt when I reached out. But I am learning that by reaching out. By standing in honesty with my wounds, that others are sharing their stories with me. I realize more and more that I am not the only one in the Body of Christ who is hurting. We are a church filled with wounded people in need of our Savior. We are not perfect. But we can’t completely give up on every part of the Body of Christ. We need to trust once again. We can help lift each other up. We can bless each other, pray for each other, use our gifts…given to us by God for use within the Body to serve Christ by serving and loving one another…and allowing them to bless and minister to us in our time of need.
Am I always good at remembering this? No… But this time of illness has been a time of pain- yes…but a time of blessing, humbling but so filled with love from places I never expected.
I have closer and new friends from opening up and trusting and being real.
God is faithful. His love is real. We can trust Him.
So many lessons through suffering. So many lessons through being authentic and open about our wounds…so much healing in the process.
May God bless you!
Are any of you struggling or hurting? I would be so honored to pray for you! Please share your prayer need or experience with this in the comments below or in a private e-mail. We are the Body of Christ…let’s be here for each other.
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