Being Authentic About Our Illness So God Can Be Glorified

The rose knows

“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”(Matthew 5:16)

In having “silent” chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia and epilepsy, I have found some people do not understand the symptoms and feelings I experiencing, such as the deep muscle pain, fatigue or the fear constantly inside of me over when the next seizure would come. I wouldn’t tell anyone. I felt all alone in the world.

However, when I made the choice to change my attitude toward the illness, everything changed for the better. I prayed and lifted up my symptoms and paralyzing feelings to God. I was no longer embarrassed by not being able to do as much as other friends of mine could do.

If a friend asked if I wanted to go out that night, I simply said I could not do anymore for that day. When it was too cold out for me to go to a gathering, I would explain my muscle pain was acting up that day. When I was feeling fear due to a seizure, I shared it with one of my close friends. I left my friend’s reaction up to God.

What I noticed, to my relief, was that there was more understanding from them than I thought. When I explained my illness if they asked, they said that they also had a family member or friend with that disease. This would open the door to me helping them or their loved one cope with chronic illness. I had a chance to allow my light to shine for God’s glory.

[pullquote]The next time you experience a symptom or feeling you are tempted to hide in embarrassment, open yourself up and share to help them for the Lord’s glory.[/pullquote]

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for turning all things, including “silent” symptoms and feelings to work together for good for Your glory.

About the Author:
Jodi Wheeler is a freelance Christian writer who resides in Tucson, Arizona. She enjoys writing articles and Bible studies for God’s glory. She desires to pass on the messages of hope and encouragement she has found in Christ. Christ is the one who not only gave her the ability to cope with the chronic illness, but pulled her through to the other side with a new strength and hope in Christ.

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4 thoughts on “Being Authentic About Our Illness So God Can Be Glorified

  1. JODI:HI THIS IS THOMAS KANE FROM REST MINISTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT TEAM .I WANTED TOO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TOO WRITE THIS DEVOTION.I ALSO WANTED TOO SHARE WITH YOU THAT THE SAME THING HAPPENED TOO ME.I WAS HEAVILY BURDENED DOWN WITH GUILT AND SO JUST EXISTING DAY TOO DAY WITH NOT MUCH HOPE AND LOSING STRENGTH BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY.SO AS A RESULT MY FATIGUE AND OUTLOOK WAS NOT THE GREATEST FOR HAVE THE “LIGHT” INSIDE OF ME.I HAVE RSD AND FIBRO.BUT TOO ME IN GOD`S KINGDOM “EVERY KNOCK IS A BOOST”.WHEN I FINALLY LET GO OF ALL THE UGLY STUFF I WAS CARRYING AND DID`NT HAVE TOO. ALL WE HAVE TOO DO IS CRY DADDY OR “ABBA” FATHER.HE CAME, I SURRENDERED.HE LISTENED, I OPENED UP AND POURED OUT.HE TOOK IT ALL AWAY.HE RENEWED MY STRENGTH AND CALMED MY WORRIED SOUL.HE FILLED MY HEART UP WITH HOPE AND FILLED ME WITH ALL THE WISDOM I ASKED FOR LIBERALLY.NOW I AM TRULY A NEW PERSON IN CHRIST .I WAS SAVED IN 94.BUT IT HAS BEEN AN ARDUOUS JOURNEY TOO SAY THE LEAST LIKE MOST OF US WITH CHRONIC PAIN AND WANTING OUR WAY, BUT THE LORD HAD HIS PLAN SO DID I.BUT HE MUST HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR BECAUSE I DON`T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT MINE WAS NOW.I WOULD NEVER CHANGE A THING ABOUT THE ROAD I HAVE TRAVELED AND STILL TRAVELING. ESP NOW THAT I KNOW HE IS IN CONTROL NOT ME.I WAS ASHAMED OF OPERATIONS,HEALING TIME OR NOT HEALING, MEDICINE ETC.BUT NOT ANYMORE.I AM SURROUNDED WITH GREAT PEOPLE WHO THE LORD HAS PLACED IN MY LIFE WHO ARE PRAYER WARRIORS AND ALOT CHRONIC PAIN SAINTS.NOW I KNOW THAT HIS WAY IS THE BEST LIFE I COULD POSSIBLY HOPE FOR EVEN WITH ALL THE PAIN,DISABILITY AND PROBLEMS.I GUESS IT COMES DOWN TOO HE HAS MADE ME TOO ALIVE TOO ACT DEAD ANYMORE. SO ON COMES THE “LIGHT”.GOD BLESS,THOMAS

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  3. I just wanted to thank you for this reminder. I have been going through a tough time the past few weeks and it is a struggle to explain my worries when no one else can understand. Thank you for the reminder that God can and should be glorified through all of life’s circumstances. He has the power to change our lives and others through the most difficult circumstances. I often forget that if I tell the truth, people will often respond positively.

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