“Since what may be known about God is plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:19-20).
As I read this scripture the other day, I was struck by the word “invisible” being used in context toward our heavenly Father. I prayed, “Lord, it is so amazing to me that there are people in this world who do not recognize that You are here, that You are the creator of all.”
How often I feel invisible, due to my chronic illness. When the pain and struggle is not visible to others it is hard to explain that, although I don’t look sick, going to an event, or joining their group, or even getting to church at all, can be a major task for me.
But with this scripture God reminded me that He too feels the invisibility and rejection when His children do not recognize all that He has created and what He provides for us each day.
So how can we choose to be visible and not be frustrated by our invisible illness?
Perhaps by allowing others to see the God’s qualities that He has blessed each of us with, even with our chronic invisible illness. We can exemplify His love, compassion, and kindness to all we greet. We can give Him the glory for any and every victory we have here on this earth.
That in our humility, He alone is made visible! What a precious gift we have been given, one that God appointed for each of us individually, because of our illness.
Prayer: Father, thank You for all that You have created here on this earth, for the beauty of each day, and for each of us to have the joy of living for You. Help us to be truly humble before You, allowing others to recognize not our illness, but the visibility of You in our lives. To You be the honor and glory forever. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as an online chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. It is her hope to bring encouragement to others as she deals with various chronic illnesses and pain; comforting others as God has comforted her.
How are you handling the frustrations of chronic invisible illness? Has your illness allowed you to find new ways of making God more visible in your life?
Just when we think we are not making a different, God sends us reminders that our lives are a reflection of Him. This song, “Let Them See You” is with JJ Weeks Band as they worship and ask God to let people see Him in us. I hope it blesses you. -Lisa