The Losses Caused by Illness, A New Perspective

“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8)

In my once oh so busy life, I barely had room for God. Now, God has afforded me the luxury of time–time I can spend with Him.

When I first became a Christian, I had a fervor to be with Him in prayer and Scripture reading. I made time for Him. Yet, as my life grew busier, my times with God grew fewer and fewer and my ardor for Him dimmed.

Eventually God took a back seat in my life. But I had reasons for it, right? Family? Work. School. Surely God approved of all those things.

Now, as I sit in the chair that has just about become my home, I look out the window on this sunny summer day–and praise God for all I have left behind me. I have losses caused by illness, but I see the blessings.

Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?

All of this “new” time has allowed me to grow closer and closer to God. It didn’t come quickly–nor easily. I had a lot of anger and resentment to work through. So many losses!

I am not going to pretend my life is perfect and not fraught with challenges.

But in the midst of it, I have found God in a way I never knew before.

As I write this, I am listening to a song by Joe Cocker, “You Are So Beautiful to Me.” The song brings tears to my eyes as I realize that these are the words in my heart–being sung to my God.

Are our illnesses devastating?

Yes.

Are they challenging, frustrating and life-changing? Filled with some losses caused by illness?

Of course.

And yet–in the midst of it. . . in the midst of it we can find all we will ever need and come to know just how truly beautiful our God is.

Prayer: Father God, I pray for each person reading these words–that no matter what circumstance they find themselves in today–Yiu will bring them to the realization that You are indeed all they will ever. . .ever need as Your love and beauty fill their souls. Amen and amen.

About the author:
deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic challenges is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her challenges have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest desire that her lessons may be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic illness. Her website is http://www.todaysencouragingwordonline.com . deni can be reached at encouragingwords@me.com or through her website. She loves to hear how God is working in the lives of her fellow life travelers.

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Have you been able to find a peace that passes your understanding? How have you dealt with gaining perspective on the losses caused by illness?

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5 thoughts on “The Losses Caused by Illness, A New Perspective

  1. I can relate to everything you wrote. I was just thinking this these past few days how a few years ago, I like you was busy with life and although I went to church and read my Bible it wasn’t to the degree God wanted me to be at or where I wanted to be either. I remember praying one day ‘please Lord all I want is to spend all day with You, reading Your Word, learning and depending on You.’ Now years later my pain is horribly bad and a day has not gone by where I haven’t had pain. I know there have been times I have said to myself ‘should’ve been careful what I asked for’ but now I am thankful. Like you said, it doesn’t mean that this life of chronic pain and fatigue is easy, its not, its so very hard but God is using it in so many amazing ways, one of which I prayed many years ago! Thank you for reminding me today that even though the pain is horrible right now God is using it for His will and I am closer to Him than ever and that is worth everything!

  2. Deni, this is so appropiate to my life. My journey with chronic illness started w cancer 4 yrs ago. I have struggled with illness and surgeries since that time, but have found that my relationship with God has grown by leaps and bounds. I am truly grateful for His pressence in my life now. Like you prior I walked with God but not with the depth and understanding he has given me over the past few yrs.due to my “busy” life. Now that my life has greatly slowed down, I treasure the relationship with my heavenly Father. I would not give that up for anything. Though I still suffer with pain, illness and fatigue, I know that the things God allows me to do and gives me the strength for, are all the more precious and an amazing testimony to the God we serve. For I always tell others who say; how are you able to do that? (mission trips, volunteer work etc.) I explain and speak of the wonderful Lord who is my strength, my peace, my all. Diane Kalata

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