So many people are sick now – maybe you – or your loved one. I was very sick a few years ago around this time of year. We had just arrived in Florida for the winter. . .
The sun was shining. I saw it heading south, as we crossed the Georgia/Florida line, a few days before Christmas,
and it was shining brightly when we stopped at the Welcome Center,
but I wasn’t feeling well, and as the symptoms worsened, and days of sickness turned into weeks of sickness, the sunshine seemed to be in a different world – not in mine. I missed it. I wanted it.
Has this happened to you? Perhaps it isn’t sickness. It might be defeat, a loss, or discouragement. Are your plans suddenly darkened? Do you have to fight to get the sunshine back?
It’s hard to fight when you’re weak, isn’t it? In that weakness – that lack of sunshine – the enemy, thriving in the darkness, just seems to flourish. He fills your mind with fears and gloom. He zaps you until you wonder if you have any fight left in you.
It’s in those times that we must turn that fight over to our defender, our leader, our Lord. We have to let ourselves dwell in that secret place – that shelter of the Most High. We need to rest in the Almighty’s shadow, let Him be our refuge.
As I strove to have faith in His promises of healing, I knew I needed to “hear” the Word. So I listened. Night after night, I went to sleep, listening to Healing Scriptures (Link) -to excerpts from messages teaching the Word of God. I heard the Word as I spoke it in prayer. There is no greater prayer than God’s Word. He wrote it. We can speak it back to Him.
Through those days – those weeks – a passage of the Word “stood out” to me. I heard it over and over: “Put on the armor of God, Kathi.”
I meditated upon those pieces of armor:
The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Feet Fitted with Readiness for Peace
The Shield of Faith
The Helmet of Salvation
The Sword of the Spirit
Prayer in the Spirit
I needed to put on the armor. I was reminded that I have a leader. He goes before me. He goes behind me. He hems me in. I’m just a soldier in this battle. The battle is His, and I am so glad. He is fighting for me.
The battle went on for quite some time. Long weeks. Several doctor visits. But one day, I discovered something amazing here in Florida:
the sun was shining!
the sun is shining!
Click here to read my article about The Secret Place.