That Ole’ Curve Ball
Life throws curves. Sometimes the ball hits between the ears. And in other areas you really didn’t expect it to find.
That has been me lately. Forget blogging. Forget housework. Forget everything. You would think after years of illness and years of learning God’s healing words I would have gotten it by now; yet the enemy attacks no matter what.
I did read where God wants us to rest; well I am rested. And rested and rested. Not by choice; but by need. It is evident when I feel so bad I only want to rest/sleep. However I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. Suffice it to say the rest was necessary and I am getting there.
This has been in the top 3 of my “years from hell.”
Had I not been prophetically forewarned by a dear friend months ago of this impending battle, well, who knows. It has been one crisis after another without much of a break at all in between. And I am not sure it is over yet.
My point in writing this is to tell you what I have learned in the hopes what God has taught me through this year will help others.
⇔It helps to have friends in “high places” (LOL!) those who know the Lord well and give you a heads up of what is to come.
⇔God really does walk with us through our troubles; a critical message I wish I had learned years ago but now truly understand his presence and have seen his footsteps.
⇔Why does God allow us to go through these tough battles? Unfortunately we don’t learn what he wants us to learn on the mountain tops as much as in the valleys. And I say that with the notion of looking forward to getting out of “death valley” for a long break!
⇔Learn to laugh and be joyful when you don’t have the strength or desire. Laugh at yourself while you are at your worst. (Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.”
⇔Realize the temporary season you are in. Stay as close to God as you can. Talk to him. Read his word. Be honest about how you feel. He will reveal to you the larger picture.
⇔Understand maybe God wants to change the way you are doing things. You know, insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different outcome?
And in the middle of my journey from “hell” is the story of John Paul Jackson’s health scare with cancer. He is doing great now, Praise God and sent out a letter a few weeks ago that happened to arrive in my mailbox exactly when I needed it???????
In is “Death Valley” experience he says without trust in God our faith doesn’t work. And Lo and behold if he didn’t give 3 keys to aid in learning to trust God that I had just figured out through these last few months. It was like God had literally wrote them down and sent them to me through JPJ to confirm what I had been thinking. They are:
♥ Know the ways of God
♥ Know God and have an ongoing relationship with Him
♥Recognize your history with God and how he has acted on your behalf.
Knowing God and his ways is vital to living this life; not that I have figured him out by any means but his word tells me a whole lot about him and how he does things.
And my history? Yep. Looking back over my life God revealed to me one pattern after another of attacks, battles and wars and how God pulled me through each one.
In conclusion there is something to be said for going to get your hair cut especially when you look like you have been dragged around like a damp beach towel.
Once your hair is cut, wash it; girls put on some make-up and look in the mirror and tell yourself,
“SELF, I AM VICTORIOUS IN JESUS!