Have you ever had to wait on something? Waiting is sometimes the hardest thing to do. In this life of instant everything….perhaps we forgotten how to “wait”.
These are some thoughts that have been on my mind in this most recent episode of heart problems. I have had health issues all of my life—so you would think I would be used to the onslaught of enemy attack by now. Or at the very least, I would know what and when to expect it. But yet again….I am caught off guard. In my weakened physical condition…the enemy attacks the spiritual “me”. Isn’t that where we are all most vunerable?
Do you hear….from the depths of your heart….”be still and know that I am God”…. It’s time to stop and listen. Sometimes difficulties may enter our lives to “slow us down”. I have discovered that many times we “cover up” the voice of the Lord with busyness. We stay so busy we have no time to spend in prayer or the Word. Are we afraid of what He might say….or are we afraid of what He might ask us to do? I have found myself feeling this. In discussing this with my sisters, we all seem to feel this way. Afraid of what He might require us to do. We need to remember—He won’t ask us to do anything that He won’t guide, direct and qualify us to do.
When we finally stop and listen, however the “listening” came about, it is worth the wait. We realize with clarity that the enemy was trying to “steal” something from us all along. He kept our focus and attention on other things….demanding things. But we must stop—-and listen.
Since I have been home from the hospital, I have found myself being attacked during the night—by the enemy of my soul. When I am plagued with thoughts of fear and the uncertainties of life, I try and pull as many scriptures in as I can recall, almost as if I am pulling up a comforting quilt to warm my body and soul. A couple of my “strength verses” are, “By His stripes we are healed”; and “Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world”. I have to remind myself over and over of the promises of the Father in order to get even a minute of peace. Sleep does not come easy these days. I cling to the promises of the Lord. I am listening to His voice—I want to be obedient to His calling.
Jehovah-Rophe ~ the Lord who heals; and
Jehovah-Shalom ~ the Lord is peace.
Keeping the Faith,
Wanda Jakelsky 🙂
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This post was written and posted January 24, 2008. Wanda’s one and only blog post–yet these were not her only words to us. As her sisters, Aimee and I have been honored to hear wisdom pour from her heart and mouth on many occasions. The last few weeks of her life, she spent more time reflecting and less time talking. Talking required more oxygen than she was able to expend. Reflecting on things from God–soaking in Him. Getting ready for her departure. I believe she knew.
If you have made a decision to follow Christ today, drop us an e-mail. We would love a chance to pray with you. Maybe you just need a little “concrete” poured into your decision. Be resolute in your walk with God. You will never regret a relationship with Him, but if you don’t have one, I guarantee you, there will be a day when you will regret you didn’t stop and seek Him out.
May I pray with you?
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that you have allowed us to visit in this way today. The incredible individual that has stopped by has a heart to know you. I pray today that You will make Yourself known to them. May they find the peace which Your Word tells us, keeps them as they seek to know You more. Father, I lift them up to You–go with them from this spot today, may they be blessed as they hear Your Word and act according to Your Word. Surround them with Your presence, and may they know they are loved by You! In the Holy Name of Your only Son, Jesus I pray, Amen.