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One of my readers commented on Post 244, The Storms of Life.
“This reminds me of a statement my dad would say, ‘The same winds hit all men; the difference is how you set your sails.’”
Imagine you are on a sailboat caught in a fierce widespread storm heading from northwest to southeast. If you set your sails to the west, you will head into the teeth of the storm, to the east and the storm will follow you, to the south and you will still be in the storm for miles and miles. But if you set your sails to the north, you will soon be out of the storm. Jesus Christ is True North.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you want. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful that you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons if you let them.
Be thankful when you are tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
How important it is for us to learn to pray through our circumstances. - A.B. Simpson
I was stricken with depression in 2006 and didn’t learn to triumphantly pray through this fearful condition until 2009 – four years later.
The banner of this blog reads Bringing Hope to Those in Dark Places. God is that hope, and as we pray to live in His will, no matter the circumstance, He will shed light into even the darkest places, even in those times when we wish we were dead. It is His promise.
We thought the calm and peaceful days would never end, but suddenly came a wintry blast that chilled us to the bone – in the guise of a lost job, a child taken in the bloom of life, a spouse who developed a wandering eye, a diagnosis of terminal cancer.
Take heart. God sees your troubles and will keep you close to Him so you are not strained to the point of breaking. That is His promise. And from even the lowest depths of your affliction, He will restore your life again, either in this world or the next.
“Though the winds may blow and the storms may come, yet my heart beats warm with the love of God.”
Quantum physics is a branch of science that deals with discrete, indivisible units of energy called quanta as described by the Quantum Theory. This atomic world, unlike anything we can see, is not one of mere chance. As Albert Einstein said, “God does not play dice.”
Quantum physics reinforces my belief that there is another world around us that we cannot see, held together by light/Light, that is, by Jesus Christ. All the atoms, particles, and molecules that we can’t see are held together by the design of God whom we also can’t see. But the evidence is there for all to behold.
The implications of quantum physics can have a great deal to do with our intercessory prayers for the healing of ourselves and others. Instead of just praying for the healing of Nancy, we can ask God to change the molecular structure of her body (divine healing) or ask that her doctors may prescribe a medication or a procedure to alter the molecular structure of what is afflicting her. For example, if Nancy is severely depressed because of an imbalance in her brain chemistry, you could pray that a psychiatrist would order just the right antidepressant to bring her chemicals back into order.
When we are depressed or otherwise in darkness, our mind, emotions, and will are all focused on us. I knew this in depression and knew that focusing on myself almost exclusively was not healthy.
This self-centeredness persisted until I finally learned through affliction to put myself in His hands and let Him have His way with me. Close fellowship with Jesus Christ meant that I followed Him and His interests in other people. This was in stark contrast to my previous prayer of asking Him to be with me, following along like a faithful puppy to make sure I was healthy, wealthy, and wise.
When I started focusing on God and my desire to be His hands and feet in this world, my depression started to dissipate. Today I am not totally free of depression all the time, but it’s manageable, because I know I’m in His hands and that what is happening to me may not be pleasant on occasion, but He is with me every step of the way.