During one of my quiet times recently, I came across a phrase that made me stop in my tracks. I kept repeating the phrase, as somehow it resonated that it was actually a description of me. What might that phrase be? Stubborn Faith. (Ok, don’t seem so surprised for those who know me!)
I have just walked through another battle where I had to draw upon every bit of the stubborn faith Thomas Champness describes as the faith that will keep moving ahead and let God fulfill His promise when HE sees fit. As I have shared many times before, with my medical challenges, I never know ‘who’ or ‘what’ I will awaken to each morning. This last time wasn’t just a morning – it was weeks.
I wasn’t aware how serious the battle I was fighting was at the time. I just knew it went day, after day, after day. I was only out of bed for fifteen minutes at a time, but that’s when I did my daily devotional reading and thinking.
I already knew that God sometimes allows us to be on our backs so we will be on our backs, looking upward to Him. Yet, it was during these times I saw that God provides resting p laces as well as “working” places, and this time was a time to REST and to be THANKFUL as He brought me, tired, weary and worn to streams along the way. (No more snow! We can see the river again!)
And just as was beginning to get a bit of ‘oomph’ back, I was told it will take months to recover, as I lost all the buffer I had been building the last 3 years. At first I was discouraged. Then I looked back to the gazillions of miracles and blessings that had been poured over me. And the pressure of difficult times (Care-difficult=lay low/do little!) have brought so much value into my life.
So – how about it: want to join me in having some “stubborn faith?
Care Tuk is a nationally known speaker, educator, and retreat/workshop leader. She has been a school, hospital, and home health occupational therapist for more than 30 years. She has been named as a Top Business Woman in America and recognized for her work with youth, disability outreach and awareness, and the American Cancer Society.