“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
After dealing with chronic pain for twenty years or more, I finally took up painting. A distraction is my best medicine. I have so much to learn, but over time even I can see some improvement. Since my class is at the local Senior Center many seniors come through and like to give their opinion of the paintings.
Over the past three years I noticed a consistent pattern. They often wander through when I am only halfway finished my canvas. They look at my painting for a while and then I feel folks want to pat me on the back and say “Well, it’s okay, sweetie, but . . . don’t quit your day job!”
And I agree–the picture doesn’t make sense. I’m not done yet. But they don’t know that I have a plan.
I can see the finished painting in my mind. As they wander away I want to call after them “Really! I’m not done yet!”
This is so like our Lord’s relationship with us, isn’t it? We may be just coming to terms with a long-term chronic issue when a new one is discovered. We may be recovering from an operation when a family disaster hits. We may have to move and find all new doctors.
We say “Seriously, Lord, is this really what you want for me? I am sure I have reached my limit physically, emotionally, and mentally and–in addition–I’m positive I have already learned all the good lessons You wanted me to learn in this life!”
Can you just hear our patient Lord respond, “But, I’m not done yet! There are many more ways I am going to conform you to look like My Son. Yes, some of them may be painful. But I have a plan and I can see the finished you. You won’t be disappointed. I’m not done yet!”
So every day I must ask myself the same question: Can I trust God again today? Can I accept that there may be more pain to come? The simple answer is, yes with God’s help, because it would be shameful to doubt the Lord I love. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Prayer: My dear Father, please forgive me for doubting and help me to trust You more fully everyday. Amen.
About the author:
Barbara Coleman has been in ministry with her loving husband for over 40 years. Twenty-five of those years she has had fibromyalgia. Then came degenerative disc disease, lichen sclerosus, and lymphoma. She has taken up painting, but her greatest joy is to speak to others about the Lord Jesus.
Can you accept that God may still be working on you? Are you pliable clay in the Master Potter’s hands?
Do you have a couple of minutes? Take a moment to watch this video. It is easy on the eyes and has lyrics that I think will bless you today. It is “The Best is Yet to Come” by Scott Krippayne and it’s one of those songs that we who are chronically ill should just use as our theme song.
Close your eyes and if you are a hand-lifter (or even if you aren’t, no one is watching) raise those hands. Surrender it over. God has plans for you that you may have not even thought to dream about. God is not done yet and whatever happens here on earth, the best is yet to come. -Lisa