We all go through difficult times. It’s part of being human. Sometimes they can feel like too much to handle. I understand, because I’ve been going through some testing to be considered for a lung transplant. I feel so blessed and honored to be going through this process. It is also difficult and stressful.
I’ve been hanging onto Isaiah 41:13 as I go through this process.
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
What does this mean?
I talked with my husband Dave, who has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies about this verse. What he explained made this verse even richer and more meaningful to me, and I thought it might help you too. Dave studies the Bible in the original languages, and doing so provides so much more information.
When God says He takes hold of your right hand, it means He takes hold of your hand in such a way that makes you a stronger person. This helps us have confidence in what we are going through because we are connected to Him. As He holds our hand He provides warmth, guidance, strength and protection.
God says, Do not fear; I will help you. Being connected to Him helps lessen my fear. It is God’s character to be there for us when we need help. This is who He is and how He operates.
Notice that God doesn’t say do not be afraid because I’ll take your problem away. Life is full of problems, and He is here to help us. Gods part is to take our right hand and help us. Our part is to offer our hand to Him.
Turning to God
I am offering God my hand through this privileged, yet difficult time. How about you? Will you join me in offering your hand to God for support, comfort and guidance?
Part of taking care of myself is spending more time with God and giving myself time to rest and recuperate from all the doctor visits and tests. If there is anything else wrong with me, besides my lungs, they’ll find it!
I’ve decided to take a break from my blog and social media posts for the next 2 months until I get through all this. It doesn’t mean anything is wrong, it just means I’m lowering my stress level and giving myself time to rest.
I’d appreciate your prayers my friends. You take good care of yourself too!
I’d love to hear from you!
What impacted you from this post? What would it be like to offer your right hand to God for support, comfort and guidance? How is God helping you through a difficult time?
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