Luck is the religion of the lazy.When the world seems as though it would spin out of control, where can Ifind peace? When I was growing up, impoverished and abused, I thoughtthe life I was living was normal. It wasn’t until much later in life that whatI endured as a child was far from the normal life a child should bear. Nowthat I am older and I have suffered from the abuse of a disease called lupus,I look for moments of peace and contentment. Those moments, I oncethought, was lucky moments but I have grown to realize luck really had nothingto do with those peaceful moments. Luck is the religion of the lazy. Sittingand waiting for luck is like wishing I might win the lottery without everbuying a ticket. Looking back, I see the moments where I foundpeace in my life were actually blessings, moments in time when I felt safeand secure. I didn’t recognize those moments as a child, but looking backnow I see those moments were given to me by grace.This week, my primary doctor, who has been a God send, told me he wasmoving away to another city. I was devastated, he had been the onlydoctor who would truly listen to my complaints about the dreaded effectsof Lupus has had on my body. He not only listened, he felt empathy andcompassion for me in my suffering. He has truly been a blessing to me andmy husband. It wasn’t by luck that I met him, it was a blessing, acaring person that God had provided that would listen, understand and gointo action. He had to separate me from a few really bad doctors that werenot helping me at all and quite frankly some were doing more harm thangood. God sent me someone that played a vital role in my walk with thisdisease.I had a choice this week; I could have had a melt down and startedworrying about what I would do now since the one doctor that I trustedwas leaving, but instead, I have had peace that God was going to do something new in my life and I am going to let Him have His way. It’s much easier to trust God for His blessings than wait for luck to appear magically.Now I face a new doctor in the next coming weeks, and I have no idea if he is going to be as helpful or if he be just another doctor that does not take my illness seriously. I will not trust luck, I will trust God that He is starting yet another chapter in my life. He has always moved in my life, many times that I did not recognize as a child and a young adult, but now I watch for those moments, believing God has my best interest at heart. I have learned to look beyond the raging storms of my life and see the hand of God calming the wind, the waves and vanquishing the impending doom. I trust God for His blessings, luck has nothing to do with.
James 1: 3-4
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Not exactly what some may want to hear on a Monday morning but it will help if the day produces challenges. We are being perfected, we are being fashioned and formed in his likeness. After all we were created in his likeness, lets keep it going. In order to do that we have to be stripped away of all the things that look like the world. Romans 12: 2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Even if we don’t see it right away, there is always hope. Imagine all of the people in the world, right this minute, that are looking for a tiny glimmer of hope to get them through the next few minutes, the next hour, or the coming days.
When we lose hope, I have found it’s all too often because we have reached the point of helplessness. When we just don’t know what to do anymore. I have been there many times in my life. I have felt broken, my life has looked like a mess all too often but I have learned a valuable lesson through those times. My life and the situations in my life are never completely hopeless, unless I allow it to be.
Being sick often brings me to the point of helplessness and sometimes I even start to lose hope. However, I have learned that I am in control of how far I go with it because I am in control of my emotions. I may not be able to help my illness, or fix it my situation at times, but I can control my mind. I can control my emotions. I can stop the moment I feel all hope is gone and look again. It’s in these times I will find hope that I missed in the moment.
I have learned that hope doesn’t have to appear huge either.
We all want that big bright shiny light of hope and the answer to fix it all but what if the hope that we are searching for is being overlooked because we aren’t looking hard enough. What if it’s just that tiny speck of hope that gets us through to the next day? Lastly, what if that tiny speck of hope is meant to make us stronger?
A tiny glimmer is enough for me because even if I am feeling helpless, I know where my help comes from and that my friend is Jesus. With him by my side, there is always hope.
Psalms 19: 7
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
What do you need this morning to get started? I think you need the infallible word of God. It is not only perfect but according to King David, it will revive the soul. Caffeine may wake you up but only God can revive you and sustain you for the entire day. Psalms 34: 8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Today, get a good taste of the goodness of God, it will change your life.