Thursday, January 12, 2017

One Final Word of Encouragement

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes” (Isaiah 54:2).

Dear Readers,

In other writings I have compared this earthly life to a journey with God.  That journey encompasses different experiences for each of us as we head towards our eternal home.  If you are reading this, the chances are that part of your journey includes coping with chronic pain, illness, and suffering.

When I first started dealing with chronic health problems, I had no idea how God would use them for my good and His glory, but I have learned that my limitations do not limit God.  That’s why I like this verse in Isaiah so much.  Pain may seem to limit life – and it does in many ways – but this verse offers the encouragement to step out in faith and allow God to stretch my boundaries in living for Him. 

After writing chronic pain devotionals for seven years, God is leading me on new paths in my journey.  Some of these paths are a stretch for me, but His strength is made perfect in my weakness.  As I write these final words, my prayer for you is that despite your suffering and pain, you will not limit what God wants to do in and through you.

I pray God’s blessings of peace, comfort, hope, and strength to you, and I will see you when we all get home.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20,21).  Amen.