The Lord Almighty provides refuge from the enemy. Most often in the form of His servants. But Satan clouds our perception of the refuge trying to break thru the haze. He’s a swindler who turns my blessings into burdens and cajoles me into thinking there’s solace in loneliness. Children who need to be coaxed and soothed tearfully turn to their father for comfort. Brothers and sisters in Christ offer help that I reject. And Satan whispers that no one can ease the pain.
But he’s wrong. Through prayer and perseverance I am learning to share my struggles with my fellow brothers and sisters. The Lord is teaching me to be open and honest about my ailments. And to look for the positive power revealed. What good has come from my sickness? What delightful pleasures have been presented? For me, my children hit the top of the list. Although there was a time and not that long ago, I considered them a burden. And shamefully so. But I have recently come to enjoy them as every parent should. Their laughter feels my heart to the fullest and they lift my spirits.
My fatigue forces to me to slow down and spend time with them that I would not otherwise spend. And there are ways to triumph, even when stuck in bed. I pile the kids in with me! Coloring, watching movies, playing games or simply reading books has never been more fun than when I’m relishing in the blessings only God can give.
So…be mindful of your attitude, quit fending off the gate, and look for the positive power God provides to those that love Him and are called according to His purpose (Roman 8:28 paraphrased). After all no one likes to be surrounded by gloom. So, I challenge you to find some blessings out of your burdens this week and put Satan on his rightful tack.