For the past several days I've been confined to the house with a mysterious fever that finally appears to be a sinus infection that will be knocked out with the help of antibiotics.
Long time since I ran a temp for 7 straight days.
After the first two days...I started to worry.
My heavenly Daddy loves me (loves you) so much that He is quick to remind us when we begin to wander from His "control of all things".
He sent me to Matthew 6. I've spent alot of time there over the past 14 months; especially verses 25 through 34.
"Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matt 6:34
My reply - how Lord??
He reminded me of three giants of the faith written of in His Word who when faced with seemingly unsurmountable circumstances grew sweeter in the midst of their confinements: Joseph, Esther and Paul.
My friend Fran Mobley writes a daily devotion. This morning she wrote about Joseph. Below is an excerpt.
"But the thing about Joseph , in the forefront of whatever his circumstances, was always his faith in God. And God used all the things that happened to Joseph to exalt him to the second highest position in Egypt. He went frm being daddy's favorite to being sold as a slave in Egypt, to prison, but in each place he found himself, he excelled and gave God the glory. He ended up even saving the brothers who had wanted to kill him when their very lives were in His hands.
After all he'd been through he was able to sayt o his brothers:"Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many ppeople alive." Gen. 50:19-20
So, I ask myself and you - are we able to see above the circumstances in which we find ourselves, not always of our own making? If so, God is getting the glory and we can see the prupose for what He has allowed in our lives. Not for the joy of seeing us suffer, but to bring us to the point of seeing His love and purpose in our lives."
Lord, thank you for your Holy Bible! Thank you that when I am afraid, or lonely or anxious I can find comfort and direction within the many lessons that are recorded within it's precious pages.
Today I see that this time of confinement for me is a gift you've given me to learn how to follow you ... no matter where the road may lead.
Next time we'll see what kept Esther standing strong.