In an instant, I felt the sheer peace that accompanied what He was trying to tell me fall like a shroud. I'd been hyperfocusing on the report that came with each new doctor's appointment, waiting with baited breath to hear the newest update. I’d let my line of sight drift, “fixing my eyes” on what the doctors were saying instead of on what we knew to be absolute truth. God was the one to be most trusted and His report was the only one that mattered.
In Corinthians, Paul encourages the Corinthian church, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Cor. 4:16–18 NIV).
Paul delivers a bottom-liner that resounds with a fundamental truth - we will face tribulation and trials here on earth, but don’t lose heart, because He can be trusted. He can be trusted with our problems, both big and small, thus, He is where our focus must rest. When we find ourselves dwelling on the problem itself, it’s not very often we find a solution for that problem. It’s when we remain unmoved in our adherence to the Father that things begin to shift.
Friends, when we keep our countenance steady and interlocked with the Holy Spirit, we find our faith strengthened, our joy intact, and a wide open door for miraculous opportunity. Opportunity for healing, for faith building, for Him to wreck the expectations of the oncology board at Mayo - opportunity after opportunity for His Glory to shine.
Sister, I don’t know what you’re facing, but I do know that it doesn’t stand a chance against the Father we have. And I know that shifting the problem starts with keeping our focus on the Problem Solver. He is far more capable of taking care of any temporal problem than you or I, so when uncertainty in the midst of tribulation arises, close your eyes, lean in, and trust Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
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