“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life…” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20a NIV).
The other day as I was having a meal in a restaurant with my family. We had reached the coffee stage of our meal and everyone else ordered coffee, but as I don’t drink coffee, I ordered a cup of hot chocolate. We laughed when my cup of hot chocolate arrived and printed on the mug was “coffee is my life!” The others had no such message on their cups even though they all enjoy a good cup of coffee. Whilst I’m quite aware that there are many who find it hard to live without their coffee, I don’t even like coffee, so certainly it is not “my life”.
The following day I read the above verses in Deuteronomy and was struck by the words of Moses, where he says, “The Lord is your life”. He was telling the Israelites that they had a choice, either life or death, and that choosing to follow God and His commands, would give them life.
I love the words, “hold fast to Him. For the Lord is your life.” Living with chronic illness, I’m so often aware that I cannot do things, in fact even the things I can do, I know that I only do with the strength that God gives and the grace that He offers me. Each day, I need that grace and strength, to get me through.
I’m not sure that many people in the restaurant would be impressed with mugs that said “The Lord Is My Life!” but I know that I’d rather be drinking in, and holding fast, to The Lord, than coffee, or anything else the world has to offer.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for writing, travel and photography.