* Note: This blog is part of a series called Even In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death.
On September 3, 2007, exactly three months before I learned about my "spiculating mass", I had written a blog entitled God Is Bigger! In the blog I write visiting my cousin who had been diagnosed with a rare brain disease. She was only 46 years old and yet had suffered multiple strokes, however her beautiful spirit was a sight to behold.
In part I wrote:
What always amazes me is her spirit. It would be so easy for her to focus on her disability. It would be so easy for her to get angry at God, shake her fist and say, "Where are you." I'm sure she does have her moments at times. However, as she would say, she has chosen to be "Christ-centered" rather than "self-centered". Instead of focusing on what she can no longer do, she chooses to focus on God.
I remembered these words now. Would I be self-centered or would I be Christ-centered? I had a choice.
I continued to read my blog.
It's far to easy too focus on the circumstances rather than on God. When we focus on the circumstances, it's harder for us to see God. However, when we focus on God our circumstances, while they may still be there, do not seem nearly so overwhelming. Isn't it wonderful to know that we don't have to be victims of our circumstances. We can be victors over them and in spite of them through Jesus Christ!
What a wonderful, amazing thing! Though we will suffer in one way or another in this world, we don't have to be destroyed by it. Though troubles rage around us, we can still say that the joy of the Lord is our strength. He is still our helper, our strength, our provider and our healer. He is bigger than anything than obstacle that is thrown in our way. I like that... God is bigger!
In retrospect, I am moved to tears as I realize both then and now how God was preparing me for the battle I was to face. He does that you know. We usually don't see it but there was the clearcut evidence of it, crying out at me through cyberspace. All of my life, God had been teaching me that He was BIGGER than anything I would ever face. It did not matter what came against me, it did not matter what I had to endure... for God is bigger. He is bigger!
The "giant" you are facing today in your life might be far different than the one I was facing that day. Perhaps it is even far bigger and uglier than I could ever imagine but I have to tell you, I have never found a pit deep enough to contain God. I have never found darkness which is dark enough to extinguish His light.
God is immeasurably bigger than The Valley of The Shadow of Death and the enemy. Though He might lead us through that valley or other dark places, we do not need to fear for He is with us every step of the way...ALL the way and He will never let us go!
The giants may be big but we have a far bigger army and much better weaponry.
[quote]God is immeasurably bigger than The Valley of The Shadow of Death and the enemy. Though He might lead us through that valley or other dark places, we do not need to fear for He is with us every step of the way...ALL the way and He will never let us go![/quote]
K, as always you inspired me and I have added a new blog, just for fun, but to offer a video that is so meaningful to me. I suspect you've inspired more people than you know. One day, you will know.
When we face situations that seem insurmountable, it is important to remember that He controls EVERYTHING. There is a freedom when we can truly get our mind around who God is [as much as we can possibly get our mind around it]. He is awesome! He IS Omnipotent, ALL-Powerful (stronger than disease, finances and the enemy - stronger than it all). He IS Omniscient, ALL-Knowing (nothing escapes His knowledge and attention). He IS Omnipresent, ALL-Present (He cannot not be with us, He is everywhere). There is comfort in that!