Nearing Home Weak–Or Continuing Strong?

If you feel like your illness is taking away parts of your life rather than building new experiences onto it, Fiona Burrows will encourage you on this walk as you confine strong.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)

Last Christmas I gave my Dad Billy Graham’s book Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well. I had a bit of a laugh about it as I considered if it was appropriate–or rude–since my Dad was nearing 83 and had recently had some serious health problems needing time in hospital! I felt Dad would understand–and not be offended.

While the book talks a lot about preparing for retirement and the senior years–which I haven’t quite reached yet–it also has some great parallels that resonate to my life and the challenges of chronic illness.

Retirement, and growing older, are often when people begin to feel less useful, or unable to be as helpful, or supportive in things they once could do easily. They seek to find different ways to use talents and abilities, or need to come to terms with restrictions age has put on them. Those are also things that I’ve dealt with as my health has deteriorated over the years and no doubt I’ll continue to face in the years to come–even when I get “old”!

One of the quotes that Billy Graham writes in his book “Nearing Home” that really hit home with me, was:

“We shouldn’t spend time thinking about ourselves and how weak we are. Instead we should think about God and how strong He is.”

I think I was convicted about this verse because I’ve felt like I’m spending so much of my time, complaining about how hard my life seems to be. I do really recognize, that it’s only with God’s help I am even managing to survive–many days–and without it, I wouldn’t survive–any days. But is that what others see in me?

None of us have any idea how many days we still have to live on this earth, just as many of us have come to understand we have no control over our health deteriorating. But we do have control over what we focus on–and I want that to be on how strong God is, not on how weak I am.

Prayer: Father, help me to say Amen, along with the Psalmist above, or Paul in his words “when I am weak, then I am strong” [*2 Corinthians 12:9-10]–and let my life show my strength is only in You. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful that God walks each step of her life with her, and that He is teaching her new things as she learns to live with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to share those things with others. You can contact her in the Sunroom, or read more of her writing on her blog there.

As Fiona wrote this devotional the song “What A Faithful God Have I” kept coming to her mind. We hope it blesses you today. -Lisa

In what ways does your life reflect God’s faithfulness to those around you? Do you need to alter your focus? Do you believe God still has things for you to do?