“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
~ Ephesians 3:20b NLT
I’m a planner. A finagler. A behind-the-scenes manipulator. But oftentimes, my strategy doesn’t follow His formula.
In my quest to speed up my healing journey, I developed an obsession with finding methods to rid myself of the disease. Many of these tactics shifted my focus from my Creator towards His created things. Mind you, they were good things like herbs, vitamins, and detoxing, which all promised the healing I longed for.
I think we can all agree that deepening our understanding of ways to improve our immune system is wise, especially when we’re learning about our sickness.
However, for me, here’s where things grew a little out of control. Personally, I put a smidge of hope in God, and a heaping amount of hope in the herbs I dabbled with for the first five months before starting chemotherapy while I was pregnant. In my situation, the herbs didn’t work for me, but I bowed down to these highly touted plants like they were the holy grail to heal my cancer-ridden body.
This doesn’t mean that God can’t use herbs to help someone else; it just wasn’t how He planned to heal me.
Keeping our priorities in check and the pecking board of importance stable helps us depend on Him. We’re not supposed to obsess; we are supposed to surrender. Yes, we should eat right, listen to our doctors, and seek the counsel of others walking our similar path. Still, most importantly, we should allow Him to blow our minds with exceeding our expectations as we wait on His timing.
The only hiccup is that sometimes we feel like God’s timing is never right, when in reality, it always is. Let’s be honest, if we could handle all of our problems, would we need Him?
Maybe you are like me, and you imagine He should heal you one way, yet you’ll soon find out He uses another. Or perhaps you’ve had a situation where you think the bills should be paid one way, and again, He uses another. We contemplate, and plan, and scheme when really that’s the trap.
Our mind is limited; His possibilities are endless.
This broken life only smooths out when we surrender. He is able. The question is, do we believe this? He can accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think, just like Ephesians 3:20 promises.
Have you ever obsessed over something other than God to help you heal?
Pray ask God if there is an area you need to surrender to Him:
“Understanding will never bring you Peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding. Human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out in order to gain a sense of mastery over their lives…The relief you had anticipated is short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again: searching for understanding (mastery) instead of seeking Me (your Master).
~ Sarah Young, Jesus Calling:
Enjoying Peace in His Presence, pg. 230
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
~ Proverbs 19:21 NIV
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
~ Luke 1:37 NASB
“Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’”
~ Luke 18:27 NIV
“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise.”
~ Jeremiah 17:14 NIV
As always, if you spot a typo or a clunky sentence, let me know. I’m a writer, not an editor. ; ) And if you share a tip, I’ll include your name in the acknowledgment section of this book.
Blessings to you my friends!