Philippians 4: 11-13
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.
I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances… Our circumstances have changed drastically in the last few weeks.
And we have a choice–trust God or… worry; fret; be anxious; panic; get depressed; and then worry some more. Be content? Are you crazy? Don’t you see what’s going on? Don’t you understand? Stop with the Christian platitudes and get real! I am being real. You either believe the Bible and God’s promises or you don’t! Paul said he learned to be content in all circumstances because of God who strengthens him.
I trust God! It’s that simple–not easy but simple.
Now true I’ve probably had a lot more practice learning to trust God. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors. For five years I struggled with treatments and the side effects of those treatments as well as the damage from the brain tumors themselves. There were days I could barely walk to the bathroom and that was only holding on to things while getting there. I lost all my hearing in one ear and a significant amount in the other. I have severe balance problems that causes me to have mobility issues. During the process of all the treatments I developed chronic fatigue that affects every part of my life. And then in 2016, my feet and legs went numb and I could only walk using a walker–and even then it wasn’t easy.
So yes, I’ve had a lot of practice trusting God. And you know what? I discovered GOD is faithful and can be trusted.
I’ve slowly improved. I don’t need a walker any longer but do use a cane because of the balance issues. I still have enough hearing that I can hear my husband’s corny jokes and wonderful singing. I still have chronic fatigue but it’s better than it was a year ago and I’m sure it will be even better next year at this time. And even more amazing, during that difficult time I managed to write and get more than twenty books published!
Yes, God is good. God is faithful. And God loves me! And he loves you.
I don’t know what the future holds but I know I can do all things through him who gives me strength!
God bless you!
PS. I chose this picture just to give you a smile!