About a year ago, a co-worker told me about a young lady who had just graduated from college, was just starting her first career, and had suddenly been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Here was a young lady just at the prime of her life, and all of the sudden – everything came to a screeching halt as she had to undergo surgeries and treatments to fight the battle with a disease that could potentially be life ending.
Most people would have griped and complained and gotten angry with God for bringing this into their life. However, when in the midst of the battle, she wrote on her blog, “God is bigger than this, and with Him by my side, I know I can make it through!”
After she had undergone a 10 hour surgery, she wrote, “The surgery was a total of 10 hours, and in the last minutes they decided they to get the last 5 % safely and they did! I’m so blessed and truly feel like a miracle each and everyday! Always remember what God wants in these situations, Hes the one person who He doesn’t turn his back on you, and so many of those forget. He’s my Savior.”
All throughout her blog, one would read about how perfect and awesome God is, and that He has everything under control.
I was able to contact her via email a couple of times, and she even mentioned on her blog what an encouragement my story was to her. However, sadly, she passed away in March of this year and I was not able to meet her in person.
But the one thing that impressed me the most about her was her amazing attitude during all of the struggles she was undergoing, and her complete trust and dependence upon God.
Many of you have heard the story of Aimee Copeland, who lost both her hands, one leg, and her other foot after a tragic accident while ziplining here in Georgia.
After spending 59 days in the hospital after her near death experience, Aimee’s father was wheeling her in a wheel chair outside of the hospital for the first time since the incident. Aimee’s words that she spoke to him speak volumes! She said; “I don’t have any regrets about what has happened. I don’t focus on what I’ve lost, I would rather focus on what I’ve gained. I feel like I’ve been blessed…I mean that I am blessed to have the opportunity to experience something that not many other people have the chance to experience. I am blessed to be able to have a challenge that not many others get to have. I am blessed to have the capacity to share my experience with others and have a chance to improve the quality of someone else’s life. I’m blessed to be different.”
She just nearly lost her life, and she did lose all her hands and feet…and she feels “blessed”? I sent her one of my books when I first heard of her accident, and got a nice card back from her parents telling me she said: “Thank you”. Her attitude through this entire ordeal has been amazing, because of her faith in Jesus Christ.
You know, if you are a true Christian, we serve an Almighty God. He is the same God who spoke and the world was created. He said “let there be light”, and the sun, moon, and stars were created. And He loved us so much, He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins.
Our God is awesome and amazing. We have NOTHING to fear in this life. We have no reason whatsoever to allow “problems” or “troubles” to get us discouraged or down. EVERYTHING is completely in His control. Even things we can’t possibly understand why they are happening. We just need to trust Him and obey His commandments.
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
I’ve written a LOT of emails about trusting God lately, but that is the CRUCIAL step to an awesome relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Complete Trust!
Elisabeth Elliott who spent many years as a missionary to the native tribes in South America, and lost her husband, who was murdered by the same tribe she later won to Christ, said: “God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.”
C. S. Lewis said; “To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him.”
And, I know from experience…We CAN TRUST GOD!!!
Trust Him today completely!