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Topic: TRAVELER (01/28/16)
- TITLE: God's Sufficient Grace
By Laine Kammeraad
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A week later I was in Dr. Dave’s office describing a few more of my symptoms such as problems concentrating and remembering the simplest of tasks. Tingling that radiates through my body like a jolt of electricity and how my back feels like an elephant hitched a ride. Dr. Dave did his best to reassure me I was going to survive. All I could see was a dark gloomy tunnel. He told me he believes I have a disease called Fibromyalgia.
My life was about to change direction. I was facing the biggest Goliath I had ever encountered. He was an evil, invisible, fierce and unrelenting opponent that didn’t play fair. His goal was to rob and steal everything I was from the inside out. Most of my life I had been self-sufficient. I felt I didn’t want or need help from anyone. I put my needs on the back burner and took care of everyone else. Pride was rampant but I didn’t see it was destroying me.
It was then I remembered how the Apostle Paul begged God three times to take away his affliction. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 he wrote “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, more gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Through this whole ordeal I have learned how to ask for help. I praise God for taking the blinders off my eyes so I can truly see Him. I discovered my identity isn’t based on my performance but on who I am through Christ. Oh, I cried, complained and threw tantrums through the process but God did not give up on me. At first I saw my weakness as a curse. And then I realized it was much deeper than that.
Having fibromyalgia has been a blessing in disguise. Oh, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone however I wouldn’t change anything God has taught me through it. Like my fellow traveler Paul, I now have an even deeper relationship with God through my affliction that is priceless.
It’s true I have a disease that weakens my body and mind but not my spirit. This is a real battle that takes an incredible amount of strength to fight but God is ultimately in control. His grace truly is sufficient for me. And I still have a voice and fingers that can type on the keyboard and I won’t stop until the day I meet my Maker.
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