“Let Jesus comfort you in your pain. When we suffer, yet show joy, we glorify God because we can’t do this on our own. This is the work of the Holy Spirit in us. God wants you living in freedom and joy now regardless of what you’re going through. If you focus all your time on what isn’t, you will lose focus on what is.” -Just Jesus Devotional
This was part of my devotional commentary this morning and it really spoke to me. Living with Cervical Dystonia is a painful and frustrating experience. It could be a very dark place if I only focused on what I can’t do anymore or just the pain and frustration. I am a melancholy personality and it wouldn’t be that hard for me, but even I can’t stand the thought of such a negative life. How sad and wasteful!
Every life that God creates has value. Regardless of what society says about our worth; whether we’re pretty enough, rich enough, productive enough. God says we are enough and we all have a purpose here. Not only that, but there is beauty all around us to bring us joy. Sunshine, blue skies, sunsets, bird song, the sound of rain, cool breezes, the scent of flowers. There’s something for all the senses. If we can’t see it, we can hear it, if we can’t hear it, we can smell it or feel it. Focus on what IS – find your purpose and find a way to bring beauty into your life.
There is always a way. Sometimes it takes a lot of thought and determination to find it, but I believe there is always a way to find good in a seemingly bad situation. For me, Jesus is my comfort and He reminds me of the good in my life when I am tempted to the dark side. On those days when I start to focus on what isn’t He reminds me of what is; He loves me no matter what, I have a husband who is my best friend and supports me unconditionally, my life has purpose, I have people who love and depend on me to stay positive (little and very important eyes are watching me). And there are so many things I am still capable of doing and doing well. I am grateful and thankful for all of my blessings and most of all that I don’t have to do this alone.
Jesus has physically healed me in the past. In 2005 He healed me of Fibromyalgia. You can read about it here if you’d like. So, I KNOW He can. Whether He wills it for right now remains to be seen, but whether He heals my physical body or not, He has healed my soul for all eternity and that is even more important. I WANT to live life now in the freedom and joy that is mine in Jesus Christ. That is a choice I get to make every day – joy or despair. For the glory of God, the good of myself and my family, joy is my choice. It’s not always easy and, like I said, some days the dark side beckons hard. They have cookies, after all. 😂(that’s sort of an inside Star Wars joke. I couldn’t resist). See! Joy everywhere! Even with cookies though, it’s not worth the negativity and I always have help resisting, praise Jesus! Whenever I call, He’ll pull me back.