Moving Forward with God When Illness Threatens our Future

Is it hard to move forward when your illness seems to hold you back? Bronlynn shares.

“He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live” (Acts 17:26).

Perhaps you have heard the expression “moving forward” in reference to letting go of something difficult and moving on to a healthier state emotionally or relationally. Right now I am dealing with moving forward in a literal sense–to another state.

My husband is planning to retire next year and we want to move closer to our children. We have lived in this area for 32 years so this will be a major adjustment. We will soon be visiting various locations hoping to finalize where to move.

Although I am more than ready to downsize, I am already becoming anxious about how I will survive this move. I am concerned about finding the right grocery stores, doctors, and church. I am wondering how I can pack and unpack with my back and fibro issues. So many anxious thoughts, and I don’t even know when or where we are going yet!

This verse in Acts is a great comfort to me. Although we may not know where we are to go, God does. He will guide and direct us. It may be very challenging and require much patience and faith on my part, but God will bring me through it.

Even if we are not facing the difficulties of moving, chronic health problems bring other struggles. The above verse says much more to me than the fact that God has chosen where and when I am to live. It reminds me that there is no aspect of my life that is not under His divine control, including my pain and problems. He has a plan and will direct me through it all. I need to trust Him and move forward through whatever I am facing.

Life is not stagnant. Some things improve and others become more difficult, but we are all walking out what God planned for us. Each step is bringing us closer to the best location ever–our eternal home–so let’s keep moving forward.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a comfort it is to know that You have a perfect pre-ordained plan for my life. As I give You all my fears and uncertainties, give me the faith to trust Your plan and move forward in my walk with You. Amen.

About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at

What uncertainties are you facing in your life right now? How can the knowledge that God has determined everything in your life help you deal with them and bring you strength and comfort?

As we prepare to make major decisions in our life, remember who you follow and serve–wherever you end up. Bronlynn thought you may enjoy this awesome song with Chris Tomlin, “I Will Follow.” Even if you aren’t making any major changes, but just trying to hold on, this song is a comfort. -Lisa