Always thoughtful, she was calling to check on me and make sure I was okay after having laid my cousin to rest yesterday.
I told her all is well and shared how my ankles were shaking while I was singing during the funeral services. I prayed that God would calm me and thankfully, He did and I got through it alright.
In the middle of the conversation, I mentioned that seemingly out of nowhere, a memory of her flashed before me.
I literally had this flashback. It was like being transported back in time to a very trying day I still remember vividly. I had come to visit her at home. She answered the door on a walker, barely able to move.
Her entire left side was paralyzed.
You see, she was experiencing complications from Multiple Sclerosis, but initially, she thought she’d had a stroke.
I remember she struggled to speak. Her voice was very weak. Her speech was slurred and my usually energetic friend and always reliable ministry assistant was frustrated.
She wasn’t used to being immobile.
As the discussion went on this afternonn, she said, “My left leg felt like it had a 20 pound weight on it!"
Then, as if a light bulb went off inside her head, with a lift in her voice she said, "Wait a minute! That was in August.”
“Really?” I responded.
“Yeah, August 2010,” she told me, then added, “Wait! As a matter of fact, it was August 1st!”
When she told me that, Daily Cup family, my eyes welled up. Today marks exactly four years from that day.
She is now up and about, driving herself around and going strong.
All glory be to God!
I love God moments like that when He reminds us of where we once were and how He brought us over.
During that same year, she was working on set of one of my video shoots. It was at an outside location and the Director wanted to get some shots out in nature.
We found a gorgeous spot. The music was going and I was in the middle of the scene when I noticed her on the ground.
She has passed out.
It was very jolting and I didn’t know all that was going on in her body, which made it all the more disconcerting. As the weeks progressed, she was falling and tripping more often. Something clearly was going on.
Symptoms were manifesting here and there, but nothing as drastic as what took place on August 1, 2010.
At the most trying time in her life, she didn’t think things would ever improve. But the Lord brought her through that.
Although she still has some physical challenges and takes special care not to overtax herself, where she is today compared to where she was in 2010 is a miraculous transformation.
She knows God intervened and turned it all around for her.
We both were thanking Him on the phone today.
So the message for you is, no matter how bad it looks, expect change.
Whether you’re struggling in your health, finances, relationships, emotions, or wrestling with other personal issues, this is not the end. You will not be down, hurting, struggling and suffering forever.
As I told you, for a while there, it looked really rough for my friend. Doctors had her on all kinds of steroids and MS treatments, and nothing was working. Her body was rejecting it all.
She was swollen and nearly unrecognizable. She could no longer work, go out, or do any of the things that were once second nature.
Some people even wrote her off and thought she would die, but God said live on!
That word is for you today as well.
Live on. It’s not over. Things will improve. This will be a testimony.
I don’t care how many times you’ve lost; how dark the day; how rocky the road; how long it’s been; how many opportunities you’ve missed; or how many doors have closed in your face.
I know it’s not easy to go through prolonged periods of turmoil, heartache, sickness, lack, or difficulty.
Sometimes, my friend, for years, life feels all messed up. Your finances are out of sorts; relationships are torn up; your career seems stalled; your health declines; the business isn’t growing; your situation doesn’t seem to get any better.
You pray, cry, praise, believe, work and do everything you know how and still, nothing seems to happen.
But if you don’t lose hope or throw in the towel, it will work out.
God is building perseverance in you. He’s showing you that if you can believe Him in the bad times and remain loyal, the good times will come. So don’t allow feelings of frustration and despair to overtake you.
Even when I think of the young Sudanese woman, Meriam Ibrahim safely arriving in the US, preparing to make her home in New Hampshire, my heart rejoices! Though she was facing the death penalty for refusing to denounce her Christian faith, she remained steadfast. That situation looked bleak, but God delivered her.
Isn't He good?
If he can do it for my dear friend and our sister in Christ Meriam, He can set you free too.
To encourage you as you await your soon-coming change for the better, I’m stirring Jeremiah 32:27 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, you will realize that, while what you’re going through may be hard, it is not too hard for God. Just because you don’t see it working out, doesn’t mean God isn’t working it out.
It is going to happen.
He’s turning it around.Whatever you do, don’t give up on your faith.
Now, let’s pray.
God, change has been a long time coming. Yet, I know and trust that You are turning things around in my favor. Instead of responding to trouble with fear, I choose faith. I know that every word You have spoken is true. I believe my change is on the way and I praise You in advance for what’s already done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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