It never stops…Satan is always at work trying to derail anything that is making a difference for the kingdom of God. He will bring strife into relationships, mess with finances, bring great bouts of emotional distress, and even affect our health. His design is to cause us to give up…to be sidelined over some insignificant issue that he magnifies…to steal our joy…and to destroy us if possible.
Sunday, as I was preaching the last afternoon worship sermon for our college ministry for this semester, I had a hard time saying a sentence. I wrote it off to getting my tongue ahead of my brain. What in fact occurred, was that I was experiencing a gradual onset of Bells Palsy, a condition that has partially paralyzed the right hand side of my face. By Wednesday morning, it was bad enough that I was at the doctor office when they opened.
The doctor made his diagnosis with a few possible causes (Lymes Disease, TIA – mini stroke, or aneurysm). I had been trusting in the Lord and placed the situation in his hands from the beginning, so that even though I was concerned, there was no fear or panic. Thursday morning I had an MRI and an MRA which showed a perfectly heathy brain and very healthy arteries to the brain. (taking away my brain damage excuse – lol). I am on a heavy antibiotic and waiting for the results of the Lymes test.
I know that God is not done with me yet, or I would be gone. He rescued me from drug and alcohol abuse. He took me through stage three colon cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and has healed me to be cancer free. He is walking me through another opportunity to trust in him right now. As long as he keeps me above ground, I will have the same attitude and outlook as Paul.
19 For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better.23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. 25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. (Philippians 1:19-25)
I am not ashamed of my Savior and My God. As long as he gives me breath, I will tell others of his great love, mercy and grace. I will trust in him no matter what gets in my way. He is my rock and my salvation, and he has work for me to do for his kingdom.
How about you? Has Satan used circumstances to derail your life? If you are breathing, God still has a plan for you. It’s not over til God says it’s over. Trust him and move forward