COMING SOON–Through The Wilderness: Finding God’s presence when all seems lost
MS took it all—the ability to walk, read, sing, and my teaching career—all except my faith. Everything that told me who I was, and everything that gave life meaning, stripped away in one massive attack. MS catapulted me into my wilderness. What do you do, and who are you, after that kind of loss? Is there meaning, purpose, or value in life anymore?
If God is good, there has to be a way through…even something as devastating as MS. I determined to find all the good I could along this path. Jesus knows His way around the wilderness—He has been there. He walks Through The Wilderness with us. Here are just some of the treasures I found.
- After major losses, we will be different, but not necessarily ruined.
- When we feel we are “on the shelf, use the “shelf time” to honor God and learn His ways.
- The trouble with centering is that, like clay, we fight the hand that forms us.
- When we turn to Jesus in our brokenness, He will take great care to bind us up in ways unique to our brokenness. He knows exactly the lines along which we break, so He knows how re-assemble us.
- In Jesus we can have no fear or regret…once we see from His perspective. In His timing He allows us to see with His eyes, without condemnation. He knows when we are ready to see with understanding.
- When we do not understand we can put our confusing circumstances and dilemmas on a “mystery shelf” as we wait in peace for God’s timing for revelation.
- It may sound like a Christian cliché, but the joy of the Lord really is our strength!