Illness Can Make Us Feel Like One of God’s Lost Sheep

“. . . Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, `Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.'” (Luke 15:6)

Recently I was feeling lost; I was in a situation that seemed so overwhelming. I felt uncertain about the future and how I could cope with it and I found myself crying out to God. In the midst of these fears, I felt that God was reminding me of these four important things.

God is with me.
Joshua 1:9 says – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I don’t have to do this alone – God is with me in all of it.

God loves me.
Jeremiah 31:3 says – “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'”

God’s love is everlasting and will sustain me through anything I have to face.

I know where I’m going.
John 14:2-3 says – “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

This is only part of my journey – it will ultimately lead me to my Father’s house.

I matter to God.
Matthew 18:12-14 says – “If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”

Prayer: God, I know you don’t ever want me to feel or be lost. You cares so much about me thatYou would search for me and bring me back. You did then and You will again. I’m so thankful for that.

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 reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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