Sunday, October 23, 2016

God Is Not a Has Been

As I was working on a presentation earlier this week and reflecting on my journey with the Lord, I thought about the books I had written a few years ago and how long ago it seemed that I had passed through that season of life.  With speaking activity and book sales low the thought occurred to me that I could well call myself a "has been."  Been there, done that.

Then another thought occurred to me.  God is NOT a "has been."  In fact, He remains -- yesterday, today, and forever -- the Great "I AM."  Our lives may be ever-changing but He is constant, faithful, and true.  The world is in chaos but He has everything under control.  We didn't see THAT coming, but nothing takes Him by surprise.

We spend our lifetimes aspiring to be and do something special and significant.  All we really need is to find our significance in Him and live each day in the loving shelter of His embrace.  Yes, we need to be our best for our families, our employers, and our friends, but we also need to surrender control and leave the results to Him.

I am now in a different season of life, giving my time and attention to other interests and letting go of my past achievements.  After all, what is past is past.  There is a great joy in waking up each day, surrending my plans to His, and simply asking God to use me to make a difference.  Perhaps for the first time in my life I am not living to impress anyone but Him.  His approval is all I will ever need.

Copyright © 2016 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Blessing of Infirmity

I have been sick for nearly a week, sicker perhaps than I have been in a couple of years.  The sinus infection and bronchitis that have seized my body have been relentless.  Although I tried my best to treat my symptoms with the right over-the-counter meds, the illness won out, resulting in two and a half missed days of work and a trip to the urgent care.

Being sick is never fun for us, especially if we are active and busy with jobs, families, and special interests.  But sometimes infirmity can be a blessing, if we view being sidelined as an opportunity to reconnect with God.

In my illness this week I have prayed for others who are sick, caught up on some reading, and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather from the comfort of my recliner. With windows open (perhaps not a wise move considering seasonal allergies) I have drunk in deep draughts of fresh air, watching as my cat perched on the windowsill in wonder at the birds that frequented my feeder each day.

Still, it is not second nature for me to sit idle -- at least, not this idle -- and I look forward to the healing that has already begun to take place in me.

There are many who don't consider their infirmities to be a blessing because of the chronic nature of their illness. But God has said that his grace is sufficient for us and his power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).  What if we would believe that he is working all things together -- even our illnesses -- for our good, and using us, in our weakness, to uphold one another in prayer?
And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick.  The Lord will raise him up.  If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail (James 5:15-16, Berean Study Bible).

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