May 29, 2007
I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. Psalm 118:17
When I read this verse a few days ago, I thought about how I once preferred the thought of dying to the thought of living. Somewhere in the midst of the physical torment, I asked God to help me live. I believed that I could be a living testimony of His mercy.
When people experience an extended illness, their spirits begin to weep. Depression becomes a part of their lives. God hears the weeping, and He loves us as we cry out to Him. He makes Himself available to us, walking with us when the seas of life are stormy. To believe we will emerge safely from the storm is not always easy, and it involves fighting the good fight of faith.
Doubts and negative thoughts threaten to invade our minds. We have to dismiss them. They are like poison, and we cannot allow them to penetrate our belief in the healing virtue of Jesus Christ.
Betty, Kathy's Mom
Somewhere in our spirits, we must resolve to live so we can declare the works of the Lord. We can and should do this before we experience healing. We can take the time to look for God’s handiwork. Has he ever answered one of your prayers? Has He kept you or someone you love safe through a frightening experience?
We can live while we are sick. Begin to declare the works of the Lord. Tell someone about how He helped you get through a painful day. Think about the small victories and how they are delivered to us through our Father’s tender mercies. If we can praise God about daily victories, then we will remember to praise Him for our miracles.
My mother helped me regain a desire to live. She stayed by my side during the worst of times.
Have you read With Great Mercy?