My dear child,
I have been watching you. Over the last several weeks, your time has been increasingly spent reading news articles on Ebola and allowing your anxiety level to rise. You watch the news, hear the reports and when your fear peaks, you turn to mindless internet sites instead of Me. Yet, who can change a situation by being anxious (Luke 12:25)?
Did you forget that you can throw all of your cares My way because I care deeply for you (1 Peter 5:7)?
You are already quite ill and I am concerned. Just as fever is a symptom of a sick body, anxiety is a symptom of a sick faith. You aren’t anxious because Ebola is a threat. You are anxious because you have stopped trusting Me. Be reminded that whatever is not from faith is sin (Romans 14:23). This lack of trust is why you are “full of anxiety”; it’s not the news (Psalm 38:18).
Stop for a moment and listen to My Words.
Come to Me. You are tired and have been carrying this long enough. I am the source of Your rest (Matthew 11:28). My desire is that you are free from concern, so take a deep breath and let Me loose the grip of choking worry from your heart (1 Corinthians 7:32; Matthew 13:22). Don’t be anxious for your life (Matthew 6:25). It’s mine now anyway, remember? Your life is in the best possible place, hidden inside of Me (Colossians 3:3).
I realize that you are unable to see where this is all going. But, I can. I am Your Shepherd and I’ve laid down My Life for you (John 10:11). Don’t just believe that I exist. Go on to believe that I will reward you with My best (Hebrews 11:6). Spend your free time seeking Me, not the latest news. Do this and I will make sure that everything you need is added to your account (Matthew 6:33).
You are precious to Me and I love you. Stop being afraid because I am with you (Isaiah 43:4-5). After all, it’s vain to worry. I give to you even while you are sleeping (Psalm 127:2). Lift up your eyes. I’ve got this. I’m your Keeper (Psalm 121:1,7). Trust.
Have you learned more about the way God works through weakness? I know I have. Something about hearing personal testimonies have really driven it home, huh?
Well, today – we may very well have saved the best for last. Blogger and mother of three, Morgan Everett reaffirms what so many weak people have mentioned – God speaks!
“We’d always intended to adopt someday, but when N entered our lives we were totally unprepared. Two years ago, we visited a local orphanage near our home in Taipei. The plan was to volunteer there once a week. However, three days later we were fostering a 3-month-old little boy in our home.
“From my very first moments with N, my weakness was made quite apparent. N was sick constantly. He rarely slept more than 30 minutes straight, even at night, because he was struggling with methadone withdrawal. Within a few weeks, I was sick and exhausted, surviving on less than 3 hours of sleep most nights, and wondering if I was cut out for this fostering thing.
“One night, my husband took our older two boys out. N and I stayed home – I with pneumonia and he with bronchitis. He began to wail, and I paced the living room with him in my arms, praying for strength I truly did not have. I looked up and saw us reflected in a mirror, a weary, hunched figure cradling a tiny, needy bundle of boy, and I heard God speak into my heart, “I will give you all you need to take care of him.” He reminded that we were all that N had on this earth and that even in my moments of great weakness, He would be my strength to care for N.
“The Lord truly became “my strength and my song” (Ex. 15:2). He never failed to supply His strength when I cried out to Him during years of long and sleepless nights, or during our long and difficult road to make N our son. He never failed to meet us in our weakness during the whole journey.
*Not when Taiwan changed its adoption laws and almost put an end to the adoption.
*Not when N’s birth mother disappeared and missed our court date.
*Not when the court tabled our initial petition.
*Not when N’s birth mother refused…then agreed…then refused to sign critical documents.
*Not when the US Consulate denied N’s visa request.
*Not when the process stretched to almost 2 years before it was finally (hallelujah!) completed.
“I could have walked through precisely zero of those difficulties on my own strength. My heart simply could not have taken the heartbreak and anxiety of never knowing if today was the day that N would finally be ours, or the day we would have to give him back. And God knew that. And He walked with me and gave me His strength every step of the way.
“Our good and gracious Father changed me over those difficult years of weariness and uncertainty. I know that no matter what, He will meet me where I am, that I can always depend upon Him to supply exactly what I need…and that when I am weakest, I am most able to live in His strength.
“His strength truly is made perfect in our weakness.”
Wanna hear from the Father yourself? Here are some past posts that may help: