My question for you today is: How good are you at Trusting God in difficult times?
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But without Faith, it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Faith is everything in trusting God in difficult times.
You may come across another post about trusting God in difficult times in Why Not Me: Why Do I Suffer
I can’t answer yes to my own question on trusting God in hard times. We can say we trust God in all areas of our life when everything is going right. Yet, do we say the same when our world is being spun out of control? Do we say the same when all you see is sickness, with no light at the end of the tunnel?
It wouldn’t be the truth. I have such a lack of trusting God is who he says he is sometimes. Oh, how it pains my heart to admit that! Satan distracts our minds and has us questioning all kinds of things that we know aren’t true. Friends, why do we do this to our self, time and time again? The answer is we are human we are flawed and we will stay flawed this side of Eternity.
Living Life with Autoimmune Disorders and Trusting God
Back in 2008, I was feeling exhausted ALL the time. My heart rate was through the roof, and it felt like I had a butterfly fighting its way out of my chest. When I finally had enough of feeling that way I went to see my Family Dr. They did blood work and it showed my thyroid levels were CRAZY. Needless to say, they got me an appointment to see an endocrinologist. After doing tests he determined I have Graves Disease, which is an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid. He immediately tells my husband and me, If I want to live, I must do EVERYTHING he tells me to do, exactly as he says, no more no less, if I want to live and not die. Point blank and no sugarcoating it!
We definitely needed to be trusting God in a difficult time right?
My husband and I were like What? He said no exercising of any kind. Leisurely walking only and I ended up putting on 20 pounds and hating myself for it. My thyroid had to be destroyed by radiation. Not only not but also thirteen days of isolation from everyone. In all honesty, I thought I was gonna glow in the dark for real. I believe they have finally got me regulated with that disease. Now I will move on to the next one.
Yep, there is more struggling and difficult times
In 2010 I had a spot come up behind my left ear. Talking about sore when I went to lay my head on the pillow. When I woke up the next morning, I could barely raise my head. I made Dumbo the elephant’s ear look small. The whole left side of my face, neck, and ear was so red, swollen, and hot to the touch. I went to my PCP and she was like, girl you’re going straight to the ENT’s office. Now!
When I arrived I felt like a freak on parade. The Dr said he’s never seen anything like this in his life. He said do you mind if my colleague looks at this. I said no. Seven doctors came strolling through my door all looking at me. Talking about feeling like a bug under a microscope. Anyway, long story short is I had a massive fluid back up which took a majority of my hearing in that ear. Later on, I started getting bad vertigo spells, dizzy spells, ringing and roaring in my ear that NEVER goes away, and extremely bad balance issues.
I will put it to you this way, I look like a walking drunk most days, and I don’t drink alcohol
Since then they’ve diagnosed me with Meniere’s Disease, which is an autoimmune disorder of the inner ear. I’ve received countless injections in my eardrum to help alleviate the symptoms. I have lost just about all my hearing in my left ear, and I have thirty percent gone from my right. Did I mention I love singing and music and use to lead the choir back home? That’s gone now cause I can’t hear through the microphone system. I enjoy amusement parks but can’t do that now due to excessive dizziness and sickness.
Now I will move on to the next one. Yep, there are more difficulties
I’ve been having issues with headaches for about a year now. Neurologists have given seizure medicines to help. They have diagnosed me with Vestibular Migraine Disease. The symptoms are similar to Meniere’s but vary somewhat. We won’t even get into my Allergy issues. Suffice it to say I get teased that I should live in a bubble.
I’ve got places on my hands and feet they’ve been treating for a year.
- burn cream
- squaric acid,
- immune serum injections
- chemotherapy injections.
Let me tell you, the bottom of your foot is so NOT a fun place to have a ton of needles put in, just saying
Can you guess how that’s going? Yep, not so good. I was seeing a chiropractor for over a year due to neck issues. I had an MRI recently that showed I have bulging discs, bone spurs, and pinched nerves. They’ve been giving injections in my neck. Yes, that hurts. I suppose you can see that my enjoyment of things is rather lacking due to these issues. I want you to know, that I haven’t listed the issues I have for your sympathy or attention in any way.
Trust God When You Don’t Understand
I’m stating this is my life and its something I have to deal with, the best I can. We all have circumstances, situations, sickness, whatever the case may be that may get the best of us sometimes. These are the things that make it difficult to trust God in difficult times.
Understand You’ll Have Moments of Doubt and Uncertainty
We’re gonna have those “woes me” moments. I had one myself about a week ago. I had two appointments back to back, with no good news from either one. By the time I left the second one, I was so discouraged, I was trying to drive home, as the tears were clouding my vision.
How Do You Keep Your Faith Strong in Tough Times?
RUN into the never-ending unfailing wide open arms of our Heavenly Father! We have to make trusting God in difficult times a priority. You see Friends, what happened is I forgot for a few short minutes who my comforter is. I forgot to look to the one I could cry out to for help. All I saw were the circumstances surrounding me, with no change in sight. We can NOT stay in that place.
We Can NOT Allow Our Fears, Doubts, and Insecurities Doubt God’s Goodness
This path will take us down a long dark road of depression if we let it. Instead, we must turn our eyes on Jesus, and lay our cares at the foot of the cross. We aren’t meant to carry our burdens alone though that’s exactly what we try to do. We think God is too busy for us or he’s got more important issues to deal with. But Friends. he cares about YOU and Me too. The obvious question remain is How to trust God in hard times?
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3 Straightforward Ways on Trusting God in Difficult Times.
1. Choose to Accept the difficult times.
I have come to a point in living with Autoimmune Disorders that if it’s God’s will for my health journey to remain the way they are now then so be it. See y’all, if I allow myself to focus on the “disorder” instead of focusing on “living” I am the one missing out. My life is NOT all about ME and the issues I face while on this earth. I am here for ONE purpose…Bringing Glory to God!
2. Choose to Find the Positive in difficult times.
Yes, I struggle immensely with my hearing and it can be extremely frustrating to me and my family who have to constantly repeat themselves but it could be so much worse. It’s possible I could NOT hear at all and I’m so grateful for that. Not to mention working in oncology has taught me I can have it much worse than I do.
3. Choose to Give your Fears to God in difficult times.
One of my biggest fears is not being able to enjoy and play with my grandchildren. In all honesty, I have many days where I’m so dizzy and off-balance I can barely walk let alone do fun things with my grand joys. I could NOT be able to work but I can still do both of these. It’s all in how you view your circumstances. It is all about trusting God in difficult times. As Christians, people watch what we are dealt with in life, to see how we handle them. I am by no means saying I handle them perfectly because I do NOT. But God CAN and WILL use US for HIS Glory.
I Love a song by MercyMe, it’s called “Even If.” As I was driving home the day I had my “WOES ME” moment that song came on and reminded me of exactly what I needed. It says, I know you’re able, and I know you can save through the fire, with your mighty hand, but Even If you don’t, my hope is you alone. So when I’m feeling overwhelmed by life I must remember God is my refuge and strength.
In Closing on Trusting God in Difficult Times
You see Friends, I get Homesick for Heaven, the same as other born-again followers of Jesus Christ but for now “Even If” my circumstances don’t change…….God has changed “ME” in the midst of them.