Psalm 71:20 &21-” You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth.” You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.”
Here I was once again, back in the hospital, Dr’s speaking words that amounted to my dying. It was not the 1st time that I heard them say this, actually years had passed in between. Years ago God had shown me that He was in control, that His power to heal me and give me life could over rule the Dr’s words of death. The 1st time He did this my life changed drastically,it did take time. My illness had taken away all the worldly titles that I believed gave me honor. Titles such as social worker,super single mom(able to all the things that I thought made me a great Mom), a good friend. But what I did not have then, was the title I had longed for my whole life, a loved daughter. My birth parents had placed me for adoption, my adopted parents divorced when I was 2 and my Father remarried and had not pursued a relationship with me. My Mom, was not capable of loving me, she had her own demons that prevented her giving that love to me. But at that ,when I was on me death bed I cried out to God, I did not know Him, and asked to either let me be saved or die. The suffering I was going through was too much to bare. God saved me, He showed me I was the daughter of the King of Kings. He had given me the honor of becoming His daughter. Over time He gave me the honor of being called wife to an amazing husband, a new set of friends who would be there to support me, and instead of social worker restored to disciple. But here I was again, in the hospital, in pain and suffering, feeling all that I had been restored was about to be gone. Doctor’s claiming I was I was not going to live much longer and there was nothing they could do. I was going through suffering and maybe losing all that I had.
Have you ever felt that way? That everything that you had, that you worked so hard for, that gave you honor was being taken away? Maybe for you it is not because of health like mine was. But it’s because of a divorce, or death of a loved one, the loss of your home,or as we go through Covid 19 it’s your job and income. Suffering in life is unavoidable. But we can look at the verses Psalm 71:20 &21 and put our faith in them. We can trust God to restore us to even greater.
That new hospitalization was 5 years ago. God saved me and restored my health. He also has given me new honor. Since then I have connected with my birth Mom and we have a great and loving relationship, I have become a leader in my church and started a new women’s ministry(S.E.W, Spiritually Empowered Women) I have given my testimony on 100 Huntley, and preached a sermon at a local church. I have made many new friendships. My restoration was even better then before.
Just like He did with me God can take our losses and our suffering and restore us and give us even greater then that which we feel we have lost. We are all equal in God’s eye He has no favorites. His power to restore and give you even greater is available to you. It does not matter how you got to the point of having lost it all, even if it’s from your own poor choices. Just cry out to Him,(if it’s your own sinning that has caused the losses, ask for forgiveness) and remind Him in your cries that His word says that He will restore you, lift you up from the depth of the earth and give you even greater honor. God is always in the business of restoration. #covid19 #dailydevotionals # overcomingtrials #bemore #difficultroadsleadtobeautifuldestinations #thebestisyettocome