“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jeremiah 31:25 NIV)
The combination of pain medicine and muscle relaxers leave me feeing groggy in the morning. I move slower. My eyes are heavy and tired. My thoughts seem clouded. If I’m in the midst of a flare, the day becomes a battlefield before I’m out of the bed.
These are the days when I know that God must carry me, or I will succumb to the overwhelming desire to give up. I’m so grateful that God never quits on me and that He is always present.
I thank Him for promises like today’s verse because it reminds me that I can look to Him for strength, energy, and clarity of thoughts.
It is not an easy time, but if I go through the day moment by moment, it becomes less daunting. My refreshing comes when I shift my focus away from the physical hardships that try to bog me down and seek the help that God so lovingly offers to me.
Although I’ve walked this path of chronic illness for many years, I realize that I need constant reminders of God’s faithfulness. I praise Him for His patience with me.
So, when I feel like I’m swimming against the current, I can seek God’s help to bring peace into my heart. When my thoughts seem scattered, I can look to God for clarity, wisdom, and a sound mind. When the fatigue settles down into my bones, I can trust God to renew my strength.
My challenge is a daily one: to keep God’s word in my heart; to trust Him to keep His promises to me; and to count on Him to be the source of my endurance for this day. Just today – not tomorrow, next week, or next year.
Prayer: Father, help me to keep my eyes lifted to You, my help and my strength. Help me to focus on this day and not to worry about tomorrow. Refresh me as I seek you. Guide me as I seek to live to the best of my ability, as I try to cope with the limitations that come my way.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dorothea lives in California with her husband and their two teenagers. Although she has endured the challenges of several chronic conditions for over 20 years, she trusts in God’s sufficient grace to help her get through each day. She writes with the desire to encourage others and to remind them of God’s unfailing love.