Sleeping with the Enemy

Come now, let’s settle this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

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Coming to terms with a chronic illness and disability is a lot like sleeping with the enemy. This thing that literally hates my guts… this un-named-after-6-years nightmare of a thing… sits at the table with me for each meal. It shares my every moment. It colors my every decision. It’s ugly face is the first thing I see each morning and the last thing I see if I can close my eyes at night.

How? How on earth can this be even the least bit tolerable, this constant companion that longs to bring me pain and see me laid low? How can I stand another day in the shoes that are shared by such a horrendous meanie?

Do you ever ask yourself those questions, or is it just me?

I have the answer. I know how.

Granted, sometimes “knowing” doesn’t seem like nearly enough and Heaven knows I have to remind myself at least 16.2 times a day.

Nevertheless, I have the answer. Can I remind you, too?

Jesus paid it all. My debt is gone. The crimson stain is washed to white as snow. I am set free.

This thorn? It’s been nailed to the tree already. This cross? It’s been lugged up that hill by the one who bore the stripes for me.

I may have to lay down with the enemy, for now. I may have to rise up and endure through its awfulness every single day, for now. Christ gives me the strength to do everything I need to do. For now.

But soon… oh, come quickly, Lord Jesus…

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. – Romans 8:37

Sweet Jesus, how can we ever thank You for Your sacrifice? Thank You for nailing all our suffering, and the bitterest of enemies, to that tree. Thank You for Your blood that cleanses and frees. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…

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3 Comments on “Sleeping with the Enemy

  1. Pingback: » Sleeping with the Enemy

  2. Music is a blessing to my soul. When I have had enough, and my nerve endings are so taunt; I put on a soft nightgown, get between soft sheets or under my favorite quilt and listen to music. And I know, I know, I know! that I do not need to “fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My Righteous Right Hand. Isaiah 41:10

  3. I love the words in Jesus paid it all and I can never be reminded enough of how He has already taken care of our sins and given us grace in place of them. Our mere words of thanks don’t seem to be enough for the sacrifice that Jesus suffered for all of us. I am blessed you shared this at Weekend Whispers.

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