The past few weeks challenged my faith as I dealt with issues surrounding my health and my mother’s health. It seemed like trials pressured us from all sides. I literally felt overcome today with depression and anxiety. I felt like crying about something as minuscule as ants threatened my faith.
I found them crawling all over my kitchen. My house seemed unclean and like a wreck. I had just returned from a wonderful time with my mother and daughter in Charleston. The visit did not just involve fun times, however, my mother also had an appointment with a neurologist about ongoing issues with fluid build up on her brain which is threatening her eyesight.
We heard that results from brain scans that were mixed. The doctor told us that he did not know if a special procedure that he performs on other patients would correct my mom’s problem. The fluid build up could stem from age-related issues. He performed a lumbar puncture to test whether or not my mother would be a good candidate for the procedure. He instructed us to report to him by Monday on whether or not the lumbar puncture relieved the pressure on my mother’s brain. If it does, he may move forward with scheduling the procedure.
My own health woes also weighed me down this past week as I continue to struggle with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. The pain has caused sleepless nights and worries.
How do I battle these concerns? I took hope in a special discovery on the Sullivan’s Island Beach Wednesday night. My mother, daughter, and I were returning from the beach when my daughter spotted a beautiful beach rabbit. I had never seen a rabbit on the beach. It seemed just as interested in us and followed along as we walked along the pier. It did not seem fearful or worried as I took its picture. It also seemed well nourished and fed.
I thought about the sparrow’s verse from Matthew 10.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30
But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31
Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
I was also reminded of my life verse, John 16:33 as I watched the rabbit hop around without a care, his faith larger than my own:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
It seems like the lesson did not stay with me for long. I failed miserably in my faith today, but I know God forgives and will restore. I just have to seek Him and believe in the truth that He has overcome the world. He cares for me even more than he does the sparrow or the rabbit. I can rest in this truth and His word that He has overcome the world.
Do you have a story of how God showed himself true to you or increased your faith? Please share in the comments.
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