Loss and grief have to be the most painful experiences I have ever had; you know that deep hole you feel when someone or something so incredibly priceless is missing from life? Thankfully as Christians, there is a beautiful and comforting benefit in store for us whenever we feel we’ve been robbed.
For me, coping with illness was only part of the problem. Underneath the physical was the torment of going through life alone with no family, the loss of career, finances, holidays, ability to walk and even sit…I felt like loss was my cruel companion. The life that was once ahead of me no longer existed.
Today I wanted to share with you, the one thing that has kept me going throughout all these years of pain: God’s promises of double restoration.
If you’ve been chronically ill for a long time, you may be asking yourself “God are you there?……Have you forgotten me?” I remember asking myself these same questions. Watching everyone else live whilst my life had ‘stopped’. Praying and believing for breakthrough which just didn’t come…the months turned into years. Was God answering everyone else’s prayers? Why was He silent? The waiting caused as much hurt and confusion as the illness itself. Where was my healing?
I imagine you may be feeling similar? Do you feel as though you’re spectating life, watching everyone else live the abundant life whilst you’re struggling trying to survive as best you can. Maybe you also feeling robbed of the joy and pleasures you thought you’d experience. Have you ever called out “God are you there?” because God seems silent.
In this post I wanted to share with you why your healing is taking a long time to manifest…and it’s all good.
One of the hardest things for me with a chronic health condition is the loneliness it has created. It never occurred to me there was a loneliness epidemic sweeping the world, even people who are perfectly healthy are claiming loneliness. In the early days, I struggled on my own with very few people understanding the impact the pain was having on my mental state, making me feel even more isolated.
Do you now feel different because you can no longer join in with ‘life’ and the activities you once enjoyed with others have now stopped?
WE CRAVE CONNECTION
We crave connection and to be understood. It starts when we connect with our mothers the moment we’re held for the very first time. This gives acceptance, love and security. When illness happens though, we sense the lack of understanding by others which causes us to experience disconnection.
Have you given up hope that you’ll ever be well again? I hope after reading this post you’ll have a fresh revelation of Bible hope and why it’s so very different to the hope you’re maybe more familiar with.
My situation was impossible, doctors couldn’t help me and it seemed like life was over until I discovered the value of knowing Bible Hope in my situation. I had been waiting and waiting; the months had turned to years yet still no breakthrough. I’d resigned to the fact that this illness was here to stay.
Are your symptoms persisting and your pain continuing for what seems like a lifetime? Maybe you’ve also started to tolerate your situation believing that this is your lot in life. I hear you and I know that despair.