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REFLECTION

I had wanted to do so much more with my life.  A career in music was high on my list.  However, music requires stamina, which I am not blessed with.

I marvel at the new medical equipment used to diagnose and to treat those with failing health.  I had wanted to study to become a biomedical engineer in my 20’s.  That dream dropped out of the sky like a meteorite glowing in flames, landing on my lap, a charred cinder.  

Sociology and psychology warmed my heart instead.  This knowledge aided me in working with sick and disabled persons of all ages.

Still, I felt there was something missing in my life.  

I grew up in a Christian home, where God was perceived as our holy and mighty Creator, worthy of worship on Sundays.

But I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, our Redeemer.  Many years later, God led me to a Bible based church.  Through Bible study, fellowship, and a deeper worship experience, I became aware of Jesus’ strong desire to have a personal relationship with me.  So I reciprocated.  Walking with Him has been a rich experience.

When we are ill or suffering, many times we wonder why God has allowed this pain and burden to enter our lives.  We start complaining, dispairing, or blaming someone or something for our malady.  But we don’t honor Jesus’ request to draw near to Him.  He wants to be your best friend in good times and in times of trial.

The next time you feel your life couldn’t be any better, don’t forget to thank God, letting your faith deepen.  You will start talking to Him often during the day.

When seemingly insurmountable trials invade your life, you will discover Jesus is walking beside you, holding your hand.  You will experience His reservoir of living water, deep and unending.

Allow Jesus to heal your scarred emotions.  For He needs you to reach out to individuals who have become distressed on the road of life.  Individuals who don’t know Him.  As Jesus told His disciples,  “Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt 10:8) NKJV.  

Looking back, Jesus has been preparing me to accept a mission to continue working with Him, giving people a relief from the pain caused by sin and hope for an eternity spent with Him. 

 

HEALING THE PAIN

What do you do when you’re in despair? Some turn to drinking or illicit drugs, which is understandable, considering the lack of moderation and void of common sense prevalent in segments of our American society. All too many people have been afflicted with these evils. But does numbing of our senses, experiencing a temporary high, or escaping from a reality we find unacceptable, what we need?

Handling our physical, mental, or emotional pain is never easy. Finding answers to financial problems can seem impossible. Suicide may seem, to some, the only answer to a multitude of gripping situations. The loss of a loved one can be crushing. Nothing seems to diminish the resulting loneliness and pain we experience even while in the supportive company of friends.

A multitude of experiences can result in despair. So what’s a person to do? The best way to start healing is to turn to Jesus. Only He fully understands despair. His nature is not only divine, but human. Jesus prevented from despairing by turning to His Father in heaven during prayer each morning. He dealt with accusations from the Pharisees many days. He came in contact with people in deplorable conditions daily. The demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes, the man at the pool of Bethesda, the woman who’d hemorrhaged for twelve years and hadn’t found a doctor to help her, are examples. He could have despaired in not knowing if He had the reserves of strength needed to heal these. Jesus’ strength came from daily communing with His Father.

Late in His ministry in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus experienced such anguish when He faced the Cross alone, after His Father hid His face from Him, that Jesus sweat drops of blood. An angel came to Jesus to strengthen Him, allowing Him to press forward with His mission to save the world by sacrificing His life for our sins.

Our having a close relationship with Jesus allows Him to raise us from the depths of despair when we call on Him. King David in the Bible called on God often when his enemies sought to ruin him or to take his life. David praised God regularly in his psalms, thereby preventing despair. We can avert falling into a pit by remembering to talk to God every morning. He’s our faithful friend even when others fail us.

For those struggling with financial problems, getting credit counselling is smart. But ultimately, tithing — giving that ten percent of our income back to God — usually ensures God’s faithful protection of our finances.

God can guide our lives if we’d only let Him. Only He knows what we need. He has a glorious path laid out for us. While in prayer and meditation, listen to His voice. He will lead each of us and won’t disappoint. He loves us.

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