My mother battled various cancers for nine years, but God had prepared me in the first year for what would happen in the ninth year.
I have been raised to be a man of faith, taught to believe that God can heal any situation, any illness and any person as such time that He chooses.
However, I knew that eventually, in the case of my mother, her body would grow weak and she would be too tired to continue the fight and would want to go to her heavenly rest.
God prepared me for that and I am appreciative of how he allowed me not only the time to prepare, but also the extended time to be able to be the son my mother needed.
God also allowed me to prepare as my step father weakened over the course of four years and finally succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s Disease two weeks before I graduated from high school. Again, I am grateful that he allowed me that time to prepare in becoming a man.
Even at this stage of my life, currently I feel as though God is preparing me for something to come. I have no idea what it is, but I am confident that God has told me to find and build up strength that I did not know I possess, for I will need it.
Possibly in your life, a tragedy or difficulty came out of the blue with no warning, and there you were, devastated, and I have friends that not only suffered the loss itself, but also the shock with no warning.
They had no time to prepare for such a loss.
When asked how God would allow such things to happen, I cannot answer.
I do know that God gives us the strength to endure.
But in our course of day to day living it is our responsibility to prepare for difficulties ahead.
Difficulties cannot be avoided.
They will come and if we are not prepared the challenge may be more than we can bear…literally.
How do we prepare for that day?
1) Find strength for today and hope for the future through God’s Word. Find encouraging stories of those who overcame great trials so that you might find strength as you relate it to your own life.
God’s Word is like water, you cannot get enough of it. Literally.
2) Determine that you are going to spend time in conversation with God. Some call this prayer. You can call it time with God. Whatever you call…just make sure you do it.
3) Seek out people who live a life of faith which you wish to emulate.
4) Surround yourself with encouraging people, people of hope and become one of them.
5) Approach every negative difficulty with the strength and confidence you find in a positive almighty God.
Finally, do not fix your focus on the difficulty.
Fix your eyes on Christ who has already faced every difficulty on your behalf.