This last week was Invisible Illness Week, sponsored and founded by Rest Ministries. There are so many people who are hurting. As I read through dozens of blogs, the many people who filled out the Meme “10 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness” so many people poured out their hopes. . . and their hurts.
Nearly 1 in 2 people in the USA have a chronic condition. And so many of them are trying to figure it all out, grieve, hope–live–without knowing Jesus.
I have heard the saying “You may not believe in God, but God believes in you.”
God sees it all–the good, the bad, the joys, the sins. He wants us to come to Him. There is a reason He saved Noah and His family from the flood, and there is a reason He gave the life of His son, Jesus, so that we could be forgiven. There is nothing you can do that will stop God from loving you!
Isn’t that amazing when you think about it? You can disappoint Him and sadden Him when you turn away or avoid Him, but You cannot stop Him from loving you.
In the next few days I ask you to stand beside me and lift of those around us who are trying to cope with illness alone, without God beside them. Pray that their hearts will be open to getting a little encouragement from a Christian ministry, pray that they will see the difference in how those of us who know Jesus cope with the difficulties of illness. When the strains of life discourage them in a few months, pray that they will remember Rest Ministries behind Invisible Illness Week and come visit our web site and find a friend.
And if you are on the fence yourself right now, wondering how God can believe you have anything left to give, know that God has already chosen you just like the scripture above tells us. There is a huge giftwrapped box just sitting on your doorstep, but you must open the door and bring it in. Unwrap it, and see what is in store.
Need an uplifting song? Here is a video of Ted Winn singing “God Believes In You.”
Prayer: Lord, please never let me go, never let my feelings impact my belief in You.
About the Author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis since 1993 and is turning 43 today! She is learning to balance chronic illness, motherhood, family, ministry and whatever else life throws at her, but it’s a slow process.
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When you start to doubt God is there or He cares, does it help to remember your belief never changes the reality that He exists?