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Fix Your Eyes {Day 14}

{Day 14}

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

~ 2 Corinthians 4:17&18 (italics added)

{Modified blog post before my heart surgery in 2015}

I have to believe that in this situation I’m walking through right now that God wants to give me the desires of my heart. Unlike a broken house, I’m afraid this broken body has a healthy fear of the operating table. And since my organs don’t always like to cooperate, my emotions are having a heyday with my thoughts.

And whatever you do—if you’re walking through a sickness, do not Google the procedure right before falling asleep.

Worst. Dreams. Ever.

The truth is that fear is a normal, human response.

David confessed it (Psalm 56:3-4).

Esther fretted through it (Esther 4:16).

And Jesus sweat blood from it (Luke 22:44).

Ultimately, Christ modeled for us the perfect example of what to do when facing fearful things in life:

Surrender.

Why does my human nature fight this one word so much?

It’s this surrendering part that makes me shudder, because this means letting go of my fear of the future. I need to trust that God is doing what He does best.

I have so much to be thankful for:

A beautiful family.

An amazing husband.

A church that rocks.

And yet—I bet very few people would want to swap organs with me.

It’s all in how we look at things.

Are we focusing on what we can see (which can be oh, so scary), or are we believing that God is in control?

He also knows the bigger picture I cannot see, and sometimes it’s through our pain, emotional discomfort, and pressure that we finally lean on Him and look differently at our circumstances. For years I have journaled and prayed for more energy since this has been my chief complaint. But what if the years I’ve lived at a slower pace were to remind me to appreciate the blessings right in front of me?

Regardless of the outcome of my heart surgery, my desire is to live disease-free, energetic both in mind and body. Even if this isn’t the answer—one day it will be. I fight the curse of death every day (Romans 5:12). We all do. And I know with my whole being that life doesn’t really begin until I meet my Maker.

My broken body, it’s just temporary.

So how do I stop obsessing over what I can see? It starts with fixing my eyes on what is unseen.

That’s on Him. That’s surrendering. That’s believing.

If you’re like me and you’re sensing that crippling uneasiness of the unknown, can I encourage you to do the same?

Please don’t waste a single hour worrying.

Kiss your kids.

Call your parents.

Love on those who need it most.

God gave you this gift of today. How will you spend your time? This momentary trouble will pass. I promise. Until then, do something today just because you can.

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 If you knew this trial would be over in six months, what would you do differently right now?

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Pray as ask God what He wants you to do:

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“So, if you’re struggling…keep struggling. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, do all of the things that you need to do to get where you want to be, and have faith that the rest will fall into place. It will be that much more amazing when you can look back at the lowest of lows and see the growth from the vantage of your high point…”

~ Lindsay Sheffield, Spinal Cord Injury Survivor

“Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

~ Psalm 37:4 NIV

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”

~Psalm 94:19 NLT

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I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! Ours was super low-key–just how we like it.

As always, if you feel like something is out of place in this post, or reads funny, please let me know. And thank you again for letting me post the rough draft version of this 30 Day Devotional for the Newly Diagnosed, from a (Former) Professional Patient.

I hope something in this message encourages you today, even if sickness isn’t your current struggle.

Many blessings!

Dabney

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