“Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” (Psalm 108: 12-13)
God trampled my enemy this week. It wasn’t one of those graceful, hesitant, I’m going to give you a second chance, punches-but an honest-to-goodness down for the count knockout. For twelve glorious hours my body soared along with my spirit. I thought I might just burst from sheer joy.
It all started with a desire. I found the writer’s conference online. It was here in Kansas City, not too expensive, gave me two chances to attend depending on which day I felt stronger, and my editor was attending. A piece of cake, right? Wrong.
As you know all too personally, nothing is a piece of cake when you are chronically ill. If you are anything like I am, there is tons of planning to accomplish one simple task, let alone trying to accomplish the impossible.
Even though the word impossible is in my vocabulary, it is not in God’s-and I thank Him mightily for that. I knew if God wanted me there, He would make a way. I just had to trust and believe, and let go if I couldn’t attend. Those words are easy to write, but I wrestle constantly with living them out.
I mailed in my pre-payment, set-up extra child care, and a million other details, and most importantly, prayed. I claimed Psalm 108:12-13 replacing the pronouns with my name. Instead of superimposing my will over His, like I do most of the time, I asked for His will to be done. And, I promised to give Him all the glory by sharing His victory if He allowed me to go.
The day came and it was more marvelous than I could have dreamed. I drove and sat and ate and talked and learned for twelve hours. A day like this I only get to experience once or so a year. From beginning to end, it was an awesome display of His power.
And, by the way, I did share this fabulous get-out-of-jail free day with everyone who would listen. “O Lord, the king rejoices in Your strength. How great is his joy in the victories You give!” Psalm 21:1
About the Author:
Dana Kennedy is a survivor, encourager, wife and mother. She writes a devotional column for Glory and Strength e-magazine. Dana lives with postural orthostatic tachycardia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. Her dream is to spread God’s hope through her life and words. She and her family make their home in Liberty, Missouri. Dana welcomes your contact at firstname.lastname@example.org