Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,
But the Lord weighs the hearts.
- Proverbs 21:2
It's been a rough few weeks, Friends. The weather fronts coming in, going out in waves, one after the other after the other... Oh the Humanity.
See, the barometric pressures play havoc with my Intracranial Hypertension.
I'm so dizzy I can't even get to the bathroom without a walker, and even then it's touch and go sometimes. I'm hurting so badly that I find myself sitting with clenched fists, and no medication eases it in the least. That's the curse of IH.
My thoughts are fuzzy. I'm certainly in no shape to drive... or read... or cook...
You get the picture.
I've been mostly incapacitated, with brief times of reprieve between storms.
I've had a bad, bad case of the “but-I-want-to's”!
I know that I am not well enough to go for a little shopping trip, but I want to!
I have no doubt that going to lend a helping hand with a physical task will do me in, but I want to!
Writing anything coherent is out of the question, but I want to!
And so I push. I push back against my body with it's frailties and limitations. I push with all my might, with a scowl affixed to my determined face. I strain until my muscles shake with the effort.
And do you know what I get in return for all my stubbornness?
I get sick.
See, just like it says in the Proverbs, these ways seem right in my own eyes! In not one of these decisions have I bothered to ask what plans God has for me.
Our bodies have limitations. If we do not honor those, we pay hard consequences.
But this doesn't mean God doesn't have a plan for us, work for us to do!
I was convicted by this scripture this week:
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content
– Philippians 4:11
Even when I'm stuck holding the recliner down, I can still put on the praise music and sing to our marvelous God. Even when I can't lend a physical helping hand, I can encourage and accomplish smaller tasks. And even when I am not able to sit upright because the room won't stop spinning, I can still pray!
Do these things seem “not enough” to you, Dear One? Do you have a bad case of the but-I-want-to's?
Have you stopped to ask what plans God has for you?
Maybe there's a friend who just needs a listening ear.
There could be a schoolteacher who needs some coloring or cutting done for her next lesson!
Time to praise God is never wasted, not ever.
When was the last time you journaled?
Do you keep an updated prayer list? This is a wonderful use of your time.
Think of who might need a special card in the mail, and take your time making one!
As our scripture for today reminds us, God weighs our hearts.
He knows of our longings.
And He's given us a promise.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
- Hebrews 13:5
Holy God, thank You for the conviction in your Holy Word. Please help us all to submit to your will for our lives, no matter what that will is. Teach us to be content. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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