Sickness, surgery and unexpected injury can run roughshod over your best laid plans. I have found that An extended convalescence can pretty much disrupt everything in your service to God & ministry. [Except His Presence & personal comfort, which never fail, no matter the circumstance]. But it sure feels good, when you begin to recover and your strength returns; that as your senses refresh. You know that what you were doing before was good. And while you may have to get the wheel moving again. You realize that you don’t have to re-create the wheel. The decisions you made before the ailment were good, for Jesus & ontrack! God builds solid foundations. 🙂
This is Is part of the reward we get for living for Jesus. We know the quality of the work that He is doing in us. We begin to understand that we are valuable because of His love.
It’s no longer that the slightest thing knocks me off track. And stops me so much that, I have to figure out something new to do.. Anymore, I truly know what Paul meany when he said “to live is Christ and to die is gain. ” Because if & when I recover in this life. When I get backup, I know exactly what I’m supposed to be doing and who I’m doing it for! 🙂 He has already shown me good things to do for him and I don’t have to feel like a knock down was a knock-out! Praise Jesus!
Ephesians 6:10, KJV: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Romans 8:37 ESV /
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV / But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Jude 1:24-25 (KJV)
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Heb. 12:2a Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
Let us be like Stephen about persecutions in this life, and only let them to cause us all the more, to keep our eyes on Jesus. For though it caused them to stone him: Stephen said in Acts 7:55 “But, full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
If we have this vision of Jesus glorified that Stephen had, whatever we have to go through is only a light affliction compared to the glory that awaits us, in His eternal Kingdom!
II Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
For surely any inconveniences we have to go through here, pale in comparison to the joys that shall be revealed to us, in heaven!
Philippians 3:13-15 KJV / 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 🙂
So, I got slowed up a little bit. That’s OK, it just reminds me where my strength comes from, and it’s not me. 🙂 So as I get back up, I praise The Lord for a renewed Sense of His presence and well-being. And I Press On! For The High Prize – The Son of God Himself awaits me with at The end of this Journey. I am so looking forward to hearing: my Master say to me, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your Master!’ Mt. 25:23 🙂 🙂