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My Journey with God (2)    (8/21/2016 )


 

Have you heard the Bob Marley song Three Little Birds? It mostly repeats one refrain:


"Don't worry about a thing, 'cause every little thing gonna be all right.”



This is also how I feel about my journey with God. There’ve been some wonderful times in my life, but also been some very tough times. One of the most difficult was when I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 30, and my daughter was still a baby.


That was a difficult day. My doctor came round to see me at home to give me the diagnosis; needless to say, I was stunned. But by the end of the day, I had gone on an incredible journey.

After I had cried with my husband, I looked back at my life and talked to God quite a lot. I looked at all the things I’d achieved, and how fortunate I was to have a husband and a daughter, a home, and food on my table. There wasn’t anything ‘big’ left to do in my life, and I felt huge comfort in my faith in God.

And the message I felt God was giving me, deep in my spirit, was ‘Everything’s going to be all right.”

Now, let me be clear: I wasn’t getting the message that I wouldn’t die of that cancer—just that, whatever happened, whether I survived or not, things were going to be all right. I knew that whatever happened to me, God would be right there by my side. I might die of this disease, but if so I’d be going home to my God, who’d be waiting for me with open arms. I could hardly bear the thought of not seeing my daughter grow up. But I felt that God was putting my earthly pain into some kind of eternal perspective… and it would be all right.

And as devastating as it might be to consider my family trying to get by without me, I also had God’s reassurance that for them, too, everything would be all right. He would walk with them on their own journeys, however painful they might be. And it would all work out OK.

Isn’t loneliness and isolation one of life’s greatest fears? The thought of having to face tough times alone. My relationship with God (and it is a relationship; I couldn’t buy into some dry, lifeless philosophy) means that I am never alone. God walks with me though good and bad, happy and sad, feeling my laughter and my tears. I know that no one loves me more than he does, and so I can put my trust in him, whatever happens.

The Bible tells us this:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …Your heavenly Father knows what you need… Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

By the end of that day, I was able to face whatever life (or death) might throw at me. I knew God was on the journey with me.





Pray: Lord, life can be hard. As I look back over tough times in my life, I remember how lonely one can feel. Please walk with me on every step of my journey, and make everything 'all right'. Amen.

Think about: Can you place your trust in God enough to let him have control over your life - whatever that might mean? can you accept that what is 'all right' in the end might still be painful and difficult on this earth?

Challenge: Are you ready to hand over to God? Not just the small things which, let's face it, don't really matter - but also the really big things, which do? Like your life?

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