“Too many want to jump from one mountain top of joy to the next…FAITH…faith is richer than that.” -Crawford Loritts
Today’s message at church was on faith. ENDURING FAITH. Faith that holds strong…even when what we believe were God’s promises to us here on Earth–might not be fulfilled here on Earth. My pastor asked THIS question:
What if God told you that you were going to go through excruciating suffering and not experience God’s healing in this lifetime?? Would you still believe in Him? Would your faith still stand?
Because the truth is this…
…not all God’s people experience deliverance.
…not all God’s people reach their promised lands.
…destitution will not stop those who have true faith in Jesus…they will keep going.
…FAITH is NOT about experiencing healing. It’s about God’s glory.
Can I pray, “Lord, if you will receive more glory by not healing me…then your will be done?”
Will I believe Jesus in spite of the outcome???
I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t struggle with fear. I get online and start researching about Lyme disease…which I’m convinced is one of the most unknown, undiscovered, uncertain diseases out there. One doctor will tell you it’s impossible to have in the South. Another will tell you he sees it EVERY day, and it’s all over the place. I’ve tested that I have this for 2 different doctors–and according to tests I’ve had it for over a year so it’s considered chronic. Some will say it’s treatable with iv antibiotics for 6 months – 1 year. BUT most still have it after and they go the naturopath route–which is where I’m starting…which also have my medical doctors a bit jaw dropped that year long iv antibiotics is backup to natural meds. I’m anxious for my checkup on December 7th to see if it’s going away–and then I get to grace the infectious disease doctors on December 8th for more tests. (I certainly do NOT want to bore you with my health detour…so for those of you who are friends and want to keep up…don’t want to be an old folk always talking about their ailments…SO I’ll be posting my timeline/updates for things under Our Journey and then under Our Detour). I hear stories of people who were quickly and incredibly healed from Lyme–and then I hear stories of people who didn’t get the treatment they needed when they did–and they…well, they don’t do so well. And I was sitting there…with all of this on my mind…as I listened to this message…wanting…well, wanting everything to be okay and good and to jump to the next mountaintop of joy and quickly. I have 4 children…I have this…I need to be well for that…BUT–really…it’s NOT about ME.
I scribbled on my notes…
“TURN THIS INTO YOUR GLORY.”
Whatever that means. Be glorified…whatever you want to do. Be glorified.
Do you know how hard that is for ME to write?
“It takes more faith to endure rather than escape. Faith enables us to turn from the world and to walk toward God.” -Crawford Loritts
The pastor asked this…
Are you willing to glorify God if He never changes your situation??
Yes, I am.
And I want to take my children with me on this journey…so they will see…see Him be glorified.
I have to take them with me…so they will know Him more with me.
And I can’t just teach them to trust and believe Him when everything works out. They are watching…they are listening. If I am JUST trusting God to heal me, then what am I teaching and passing on to my children if He doesn’t?? This is a race. And not just a marathon…but a relay. I will run toward Jesus. And I want to pass them the baton–no matter how He answers this phase of the game–and I want them to run too.
What a tragedy it would be if we ran hard and fast–to only pass the baton to the next runner behind us…our children…and to have them sit down and rest…or leave the race all together. My words can’t just be, “Let’s trust God to heal and wait to see Him do it!” Sure–I want to trust God and pray for His healing…but I want my words to also be, “Let’s pray that no matter what happens–that God is glorified…that others see God in a new, real way…that the hard things He places in our race–will allow others to be comforted…and even begin to run with us! We ask for a God story! We place this in your hands, and we want in expectation for all you will do to shine your glory to the world!”
So they will be strengthened…built up…encouraged…and children of ENDURING FAITH.
I will not worry about tomorrow–for tomorrow has enough troubles of it’s own. (Matthew 6:34) And for now…my focus will remain one of the greatest eternal investments the Lord has set before me–preparing my children to grab the baton and run themselves. The Lord has shaped my sweet children with hearts that love Him and desire to bring Him glory. And speaking of…this momma has some finishing touches for a little girl who’s turning 6 this weekend…who insisted on a “Praise God Party”. I can’t think of a better time in our lives to celebrate…and can’t wait to share her birthday full of praise with you all…