“Thank the miracle-working God, His love never quits.” Psalm 136.4
I am one of the millions of people that suffer from sinusitis. Doctors call my condition chronic, which translates into “you should do something about it” although there is little that is unusual about my particular condition. Three weeks ago I saw a specialist who gave me pills, used a vacuum cleaner, and recommended surgery as quickly as possible. Since that time, I have not experienced a sinus attack. Consequently, I fell into a mild state of denial.
Yesterday I found out in a fresh new way just how painful chronic sinusitis is! I tried all the home remedies I knew with no relief. I took all the pain medication I could handle, with no relief. In the end I suffered and prayed, then prayed some more. My fear increasingly focused on my despair and loss of hope.
Long ago I realized my “condition”. God called it fatal, which translates into “you should do something”. As I looked around, I discovered everyone else had the same condition. We all have a fatal condition that we need to deal with. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away, in fact the opposite occurs. The condition can be terminal.
My response to my condition was to fret and worry. I explored the various options, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what would be needed to make them work. In the end, there are two alternatives. The first suggested that I could with discipline and hard work, find the god within. The other alternative was that I could give up totally and accept the gift God offered to me with no strings. My fretting increased. I was struggling to find hope.
Living out the alternatives, one at a time, gave me the clear picture. I could answer some but not all of the issues on my own, however in the end I was still looking for more. God’s gift addressed my misery and gave me purpose and power. Thanks the miracle-working God we have hope. His love never quits.