by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro © 2014
[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One), (2 Cor. 10:5 NIV)
Will they get all the cancer during surgery? I don’t know. Will I lose my ability to speak and sing? I don’t know. Will I even make it to the surgery given the dangerous, congested freeways around us? I don’t know. Will I wake up tomorrow? I don’t know.
Questions like these if we allow them to become our preoccupation can be crippling. We do not and won’t ever have answers to questions such as these, for the future is not ours to know ahead of time.
I also don’t need to know. God has given me this moment, this “now”, and I am thankful.
Not knowing what’s ahead and choosing not to worry does not mean being unaware of negative as well as positive possibilities. But worry does not change anything the future might hold. It simply steals the joy and peace God wants to give me in this moment, if I will choose to trust Him, even to rest in Him and His promises. I choose that place of rest (instead of worry). It is a conscious choice. It is a choice walked out in the action of constantly taking my thoughts captive to Christ. This entails trying to catch the little glimmers of what-if’s which stoke the fires of fear within each of us and then choosing to change where my mind is focused to the promises and attributes of God, such as: Lord, You are the sovereign, Holy One. You are in control. All things are in Your hands. You have the plan to use all things for good and not for evil. Nothing can snatch me out of your hand. You provide all my needs…And endlessly on it goes.
This does not mean His ensuing answer as the future unfolds into the present will match what I want. Ultimately He does not promise to always physically heal us. In due time on His appointed day we are each destined to proceed to Him in heaven with all the angels and saints who have gone before! Even the ones Jesus miraculously healed or raised from the dead, eventually died. All of us are continuing to journey through. God has put us here for such a time as this to represent Him even (in fact especially) during times when we must we lean on Him in order to be able to handle that which was not desired.
This moment is what we have. God is with us. He sees every joy, every sorrow and catches our tears in a bottle. He waits to wipe away every tear when we are finally with Him in eternity. In the meantime, He never lets us go. He has engraved us on the palm of His hands and will carry us when we are too weak to walk ourselves if we will but keep our eyes (concentration and focus) on Him. He has purpose for us in this moment in our “now”, for as Master He has designed the Master Plan and as Master Shepherd He leads us into it.
How shall this moment be best put to use? How does God want me to put it to use? His plans are better than mine. I am listening and He will lead me in them.
But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;… (Isa. 43:1-3a NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11 NIV)
PRAYER: Lord God, Ruler of the heavens and the earth You are. Mightier than all, existent and unchanging forever, in Your infinite wisdom wrought from the unfathomable depths of Your love, You created us in this love to be with You forever. It saddens You to see us here where difficulties are our lot and wrong perceptions masquerading as truth oppress us, and yet despite what our choices deserve, You have not forgotten and will not forget us. You sent Jesus so we could be rescued, reconciled in our relationship with You and restored to the place You ordained for us before we were even created. Lord, You are the perfect and Holy One. You are the One with the plan and strategy. You are the One who will eventually call us home. Lord God, give us Your strength for today, regardless of what we are each facing. Manifest Your presence in response to our worship and adoration, encourage us with the Truth contained in Your Word, fill us with joy at knowing You more and give us Your strategy for this moment. Your will is all we want. We choose to be followers of Jesus. We choose to follow Your Way home. We choose to let Your joy be our strength and to rejoice in all that we know You are doing especially when we cannot see. Holy Spirit, sent from the Father at the request of Jesus, we are looking to You to lead us. You say if we will seek You, You will be found and You speak to us and guide us. We are listening. We desire every day for You to use us to be Your representatives to others along the way. Holy One that we love, our trust is in You. Our eyes are on You. We choose even when life’s storms arise to look to You alone for Your eternally good answers. For You are God and there is no other. You control all and all things are in Your perfect hands. Indeed, we gratefully accept Your invitation to lay our burdens down and take our place at rest in You even in this moment. Thank You for Your provision and boundless love. We are in awe. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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