Nothing makes us consider our mortality as facing an illness. Big or small, health concerns have a way to make us stop and ponder....Even a paper cut decreases our productivity as we waste time walking around in circles with our finger in our mouth not knowing what to do once that thin sheet of paper has somehow, inadvertently slit through our skin...
Today, I'm recovering at home after surgery and of course, the gears in my brain have begun to churn away thoughts of worry and scenarios filled with unpleasant "what ifs." After all, our lives are nothing but a vapor...
a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes...(James 4: 14) So it is only natural that thoughts of our own mortality may overcome us at times..."here today and gone tomorrow" as the author of Ecclesiastes reminds us.
Our Lord, however, does not want us to spend our days in useless worry. He has told us many times to not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will come with its own worries, but He'll take care of them all. The important thing is to seek Him...and He'll make all things work together for the good of His purpose.
He wants us to live a life of abundance...a life immersed in the abundant love that He pours down on us in unlimited supply day by day. Let's not waste it then on baseless speculation and unfaithful fears. Instead, let's remember the words that Paul wrote for the Ephesians as we pray that we may begin to grasp the inexpressible depth of Our Father's love...
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3: 14-21
Ephesians 3: 14-21
I pray that as I recover from surgery, my heart is strengthened in His love and that my life may become a testimony of His power and mercy...and that through paper cuts and cancer, we can all realize that we are rooted in His love and that the immeasurable power of His Hand rests in us, rendering us, therefore, victorious overcomers.