Recently I had multiple health issues going on at once. The doctors lowered and adjusted some medications I am on, and with the lack of medication, the lessening of another medication, a biopsy, some stitches, a viral infection attacking my thyroid, waiting for the results to come back, and well, all this had me feeling a little (Queue one of my favorite Queen songs here) yep, you guessed it….Under Pressure….
I kept putting off a certain checkup because I knew there was a problem. I was in a sort of denial or just did not want to deal with it all, so I kept putting things off. Thankfully after some lovingly spoken hard words from an awesome friend and more of my awesome friends praying and encouraging me I started the process that took the better part of this last month. I believe that all their prayers and those of my family are what got me through all of the tests and doctor visits.
As I waited, I can’t describe how the pressure changed to supernatural peace. I just knew that if God needed this to be added to my testimony then He would see me through it. I got through the first two weeks great. Then one morning while reading I stumbled across this gem. Of course it was no accident. I believe in only Godcident’s. God would have me find it because that particular day my emotions were thinly hanging on. I was weepy and sad and of course did not feel very good, when there it was- right in my bible-
Faith Under Pressure
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
5-8 If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.
9-11 When down-and-outers get a break, cheer! And when the arrogant rich are brought down to size, cheer! Prosperity is as short-lived as a wildflower, so don’t ever count on it. You know that as soon as the sun rises, pouring down its scorching heat, the flower withers. Its petals wilt and, before you know it, that beautiful face is a barren stem. Well, that’s a picture of the “prosperous life.” At the very moment everyone is looking on in admiration, it fades away to nothing.
12 Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life. ~James 1:2-12 The Message (MSG)
Wow! God is so faithful! God knows what we need exactly when we need it. Like my Godly Girlies that prayed over me and gave me a blue bandana to keep my mind free from fear and sent me funny songs and rhymes to make me laugh and take my mind off my troubles. God is so faithful to fill me with His supernatural peace. Praise God, after three really long weeks the results all came back good.
So I looked at the very last verse again and I smiled and nodded as I repeated aloud– “I am loyally in love with My God! He has and will reward me with life and more life.”
Post this Gem of a Promise up somewhere to encourage yourself through whatever it is you may be facing right now or use it to encourage someone else today.
Always Be Blessed! ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom