Colin's Wise Wednesday - 24th October 2018

Another Wednesday another day to share with you what is happening in my life and hope and pray that you can relate to it.

In the last while I have really been feeling down, must be withdrawal symptoms after leaving the bush! Last week’s Doctors visit did not turn out how I had hoped and that made me feel even more sorry for myself.

My daily devotion recently told the story of the author who has four children and a husband all with chronic depression and all “in melt down” at the same time. She pleaded with God and the Doctors for help and placed her family and herself on the prayer chain. She was positive that God could unravel the family’s dilemma, yet that did not seem to be part of God’s plan. 

When speaking to a good friend over a cup of coffee and sharing our concerns his problems also seemed to be getting worse, the more he prayed the less response he seemed to be getting. What do we do? We know the journey can be rough but God has promised that in the end it will be worthwhile. In the meantime how do we go about loving God, serving Him and trusting Him in the midst of the turmoil we may be going through? Wow I wish I could say it is easy. I wish I could say I had all the answers.

Let’s see what God promises: Ps. 30:5 God’s promise begins with this phrase: “Weeping may last through the night”.  It often does and more often than not, for more than just one night. If that was the end of the verse my friend and I would feel even more miserable BUT God goes on and gives us the good news “Joy comes with the morning”. Sometimes that morning is a long way away.

How do I cope?  With difficulty!  I have found that my pleas for healing do not always work out the way I would like them to. I have come to accept that no matter what the outcome is I know that God is with me. It has taken me a long time to get to this point. Most of the time God’s presence is tangible but sometimes, I hate to admit, worry gets the better of me. Can worry and faith go together?? I often feel my faith is not strong enough. Being humans we tend to worry, but in my humble opinion, as long as our faith outweighs our worries, I suppose they do go together.

I came across a verse that I highlighted some time ago and God directed me to it once again while writing this devotion: Ps 73:26. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.

At the end of the devotion there was a prayer that I would like to close with and my hope and prayer is that we will carry it in our hearts and really live by it:

Let’s Pray: Father I put my hope in You rather than in what you can do for me. Amen.

Until next time, take care and God bless ~ Colin

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