|Posted by Lorraine Serra on May 27, 2010 at 2:25 PM|
I am praying for a sweet friend who has cancer, and will undergo surgical lumpectomy tomorrow.
How do you pray when illness strikes, or some other hardship which seems to be out of your control?
My natural inclination is to pray for complete physical, emotional, and spirtual healing. My natural desire is to see someone I love totally well and without pain. Or to see that ugly, nasty, hardship magically disappear.
But, I have learned that if we have truly put our trust in Jesus, and we believe with all our heart that God loves us with an everlasting love, that He never leaves us believers to travail all alone in our situation, then we will see Him glorified in it, no matter the outcome. I have seen Him bring good out of what seemed so impossibly bad.
We are called to worship Him "in season and out of season", whether sunny or gray. We are living sacrifices of praise made for His glorious pleasure. How He will choose to work things out for our good is subject to His loving will and pure motives, even if we can't understand it in the moment.
That may sound "holier than thou", to some, or "pie in the sky", but here is the truth:
We are always in His hands. Nothing escapes His attention. He saw it before it happened.
We are always in those hands: the ones which created the heavens and the earth
the ones which healed the sick and the lame
the ones which held little children in His lap
the ones which bled and bear the scars of a holy ransom paid out of pure love
the ones which never let us go
the ones which have gone ahead to prepare a place for us.
I find comfort and hope in the words of Jesus, "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of time." Matt 28:20
I know that my friend does, too.