10th January 2013

Step By Step

“But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
Matthew 14:24-27 (KJV)

Not long ago I had ill-health (an ongoing issue) which I find frustrating, since this, at best, had recently been so inconsistent. This particular day, I’d been poorly since the early hours, not having slept well at the beginning of the night. But during the morning it eased off and I thought that I would then be okay to attend our Church service. So my husband and I left home. On arrival, we had some spare time so we sat in the car for a few minutes listening to some music. In that few minutes the poorliness returned!

As we needed the ‘little room’ before heading home, we popped inside the complex and on our way the visiting speaker overtook us and greeted us. On hearing of my ill-health and my comment that, by going back home, I was giving in to it, the gentleman said, (forcefully it seemed to me!) “You aren’t giving in, You’re unwell.” Being female, I didn’t think that was at all sympathetic.

After returning home, I tuned into the Great Baddow Congregation’s live broadcast of their service which, conveniently, began later. I thought the Sermonette unsympathetic to my situation as well—“fret not!” And then the Sermon topped off the lack of sympathy with “count it all joy!” Each comment felt like another step in ‘kicking the dog while he’s down.’ What did God think He was doing to me, I wondered. Those weren’t the things I wanted to hear. I wanted some comfort.

Then I realised that step by step I was provided with comfort. Those words were inspired words of comfort from God through the speakers of the day. God reminded me that He is in control, including in control of my health, and that He has purposes for the things which come my way. Knowing these things helps with the first step of accepting situations as being the way they are, which leads to the next step of at least fretting less, which leads to the step of being more joyful. Hearing the reminders during times when dealing with extreme nausea etc. is difficult, hence it is sometimes necessary to be spoken to in terms loud and clear!

Dear Father, thank You for being all we need You to be when we are in need. There are times for sympathy, comfort and encouragement, but sometimes we do need to hear Your voice loud and clear in the darkness of the storm. Please continue to speak to us as we need and also help us to hear and listen attentively. Thank you.

Study by Ruth Edwards

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One Response to “10th January 2013”

  1. John Magowan on January 10th, 2013 10:44 am

    Many thanks, Ruth, for sharing with us your thoughts and feelings as you struggle with some health issues. Please be assured that your brothers and sisters in the faith are thinking about, and lifting you up in prayer to our loving Father in heaven who has the power to comfort and heal. Your courage and faith at this time are a great example to us all.

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