“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you'” (Isaiah 41:13).
Let me tell you a story about a cat we had named Boof. He was a big black cat, really an awesome-looking, tough guy. Had he been a human, I could picture him being a linebacker. But, as happened every year, I had to take Boof to the veterinarian to get his shots.
He wasn’t quite so tough then. All the way to the vet’s office, he would let out a mournful meow that just tore at my heartstrings. He was frightened, he didn’t understand what was happening to him, and the shot probably did hurt a little bit too.
But the fear was unfounded. The shot definitely was for his benefit and made his immune system stronger, but he never did understand. He just knew he was going through something terribly unpleasant.
He was taken out of his comfort zone, and it was the person he loved the most who was allowing it all. To the day he died, he did not get an answer as to why this was happening.
Parallel that story to us. God sometimes has to give us a little “shot” to make us stronger. We get really frightened. It hurts. We don’t understand why the One we love the most would make us go through this. But it really is for our benefit. We may go to heaven without receiving an answer on this earth as to why, but we have to trust Him, that what He is doing is best.
We have countless examples in Scripture that tell similar stories where we can see the positive end result. But we have to trust that our own story has a good result also. And God promises to be right there holding our hand through it all.
Prayer: Lord, I am trusting that all You allow in my life is for my benefit. Hold my hand during times of fear, as You promise in Your Word. Amen.
About the author:
Julie Buckley was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease in 1995 (scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and polymyositis) along with fibromyalgia. She lives in the midwest with her husband and has a grown son. She also has a blog site called “Healthy Souls,” which encourages Christians to grow stronger through their physical weakness, http://jabuckle.wordpress.com/
Are you experiencing anything in your life at this moment that causes you to fear? Can you trust God in this situation, even though you cannot understand why He would allow it?
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