My Journey/Week 6

Every summer I make a to-do list. I’m a planner and I’m task-oriented so to-do lists are a must for me.

My to-do list consists of things I’d like to accomplish between June and September. Needless to say, not many things on my list have been completed since I found out about my breast cancer on May 30, 2019.

Some of the things on my list are: paint the laundry room, launch new children’s book, relocate wall photos, and clean out files. Funny thing is, as many times as I look at that list, I can’t find breast cancer anywhere on it. Go figure!

No one plans a health crisis or any crisis. It’s as if the crisis has a mind of its own. It just pops into our lives unannounced and unwanted.

I’m in a healing/waiting period at this stage of my breast cancer journey. I don’t know when radiation treatment will begin. And from what I understand the worst side effect of radiation treatment is low energy. Great! More tiredness!

In preparation for the impending low energy, I would like to get as many things marked off my to-do list as possible before treatment begins. I realize I may not get the entire list completed by the time I’d like to, so I’ve added one more thing to my to-do list; stay calm and trust God.

Over the years, as I’ve experienced life with God, I’ve come to realize that He is in control and that His plan and timing is perfect. That realization is so freeing and gives me so much peace.

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in You.

I wonder if Job was a list maker. He had a lot of responsibilities; a lot of things and people to keep up with. He may have had a daily to-do list lying around.

Job was just going about his daily life and tasks when out of nowhere crisis hit; unannounced and unwanted.

Job lost his livelihood, his servants, children, and his health. To make matters worse, he had no support from his wife and friends. He was going through a horrible crisis. I can’t even imagine what he must have suffered.

What Job does in the midst of his devastating health and life crisis is amazing. He trusts God! He realizes that God is in control and is sovereign. He refuses to turn his back on Him. As a matter of fact, his faith and knowledge of God grow.

Job 42:5 tells us what Job gained from his crisis; “My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You.” For Job, God had gone from being “God” to “My God.” Job had come to know God on a much higher level than he had before.

I know that I am not going through anything close to what Job went through, but just the same, I want to gain from this health crisis the same thing Job did. I want to know God on a higher level as I trust Him in the midst of my crisis; I want my faith and knowledge of Him to grow.

Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.

What unannounced and unwanted crisis has hit you or your family? God sees you! He cares about what you are going through. Will you cry out to Him for help?

Will you trust that He is in control of all things and that He is sovereign? Will you trust that His plan and timing is perfect?

While you are waiting for God to answer your prayers in His way and His timing, will you allow your crisis to take your relationship with Him to a whole new level; to a place where you can go from calling Him “God” to “My God?”

Psalm 31:14 But I trust in You, Lord; I say, “You are my God.”

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Trees are not Worried

This past Saturday was the first day of Fall. I get excited about Fall. I love the colors, the smells, and the cooler temperatures. Actually, I just love everything about it. Living in Louisiana, it’s nice to get a little break from the heat. Don’t get me wrong, I love the heat but we all need a change every now and then.

On that day, being excited about Fall, I decided to search for some Fall quotes. I found the usual ones about “the beauty in death” and “the beauty in change.” Then, in the large pile of Fall quotes, I found one unique quote that was more beautiful than the rest.

Maybe you’ve read it or heard it before but I hadn’t. “All the trees are losing their leaves, and not one of them is worried.” Isn’t it great! This quote really gets you thinking right! Well, it did me.

The trees are losing their leaves and they are not worried. Why are they not worried? Because they know that, at an appointed time, their leaves will return. New life will come! They have no control over the loss of their leaves.

There are many circumstances that occur causing the trees to lose their leaves. But they aren’t worried because they know that the God who made them will take care of them and provide for their every need. They aren’t worried they are just trusting.

Are there things in your life that you’ve lost? Maybe it’s your health or your wealth. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one to a disease or an accident. Maybe your spouse or someone you love very much has left you. Or maybe you’ve lost your job or your home.

It could be anything. These things may all be due to circumstances that are out of your control. Whatever the situation, you can know that the God who made you will take care of you and will provide for your every need.

Life is painful sometimes and doesn’t always seem fair but there is a God who sees you and knows what you are going through and He cares about you very much.

There is a man in the Bible that lost everything. His name was Job. He lost livestock, his children, employees, his health and his wealth. Even his friends and his wife turned against him.

In all of his pain and suffering, he never blamed God. He didn’t worry about how he was going to get everything and everyone he had lost back. He only trusted the One who created him and the One who would take care of Him and provide for all of his needs.

And just like the trees get their leaves back and bud forth new life in due season so did Job. God gave him back all that he had lost and more.

I just want to encourage you to be like those trees that are losing all of their leaves right now. They aren’t worried because they know that things will get better. They have to go through the winter but come spring there will be new life to be enjoyed.

The same is true for you. You may have to go through a rough season but be assured that God is working on your behalf and He is making all things new.

Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!

You may not see it now but just you wait. Spring is coming!

Matthew 6:25,28-32 ¬†“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you-you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.”

~Patrice Maguire