Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Surrounded by Greatness
I've learned so many verses over the years; so many words of comfort and encouragement. Hebrews 12 has always been my personal "go-to" chapter. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles, and run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
I'm reminded that although I'm very much isolated from the real life CF community because of cepacia, I'm not alone. There are many people with whom I can connect online and over the phone who know what it's like to be propped up with pillows and trying hard to breathe evenly. What's more, there are people in my life who may not have CF, but they share my same faith. When I'm in need of some encouragement, I can get in touch with practically anyone in my spiritual support system.
I'm surrounded by greatness on all sides. Take my husband for example. He willingly sacrifices sleep in order to administer my IVs early in the morning. I'm amazed by how quickly he has adapted to the CF lifestyle, and the continual grace with which he handles it all. Other examples of greatness in my "great cloud of witnesses" are my friends--the friends I've known the longest. These are the people with whom I don't even have to utter a word, yet they'll keenly pick up on my mood. They have the incredible ability to read between the lines of my emails and send a reply that is just what I need at that particular moment.
There's nothing on this side of eternity that can make me understand the reasons why God allows CF to reside in this, my earthen vessel. Nonetheless, He gives me a measure of His peace, and that transcends understanding.
I've been thinking of you as I've read your posts over on the other website. I hope that you are doing better and get squared away.
As a fellow CFer and Christian, I can relate to this post. I also particularly like Hebrews 12. One of the things that causes me the most joy, comfort, encouragement and peace is to meditate on God's sovereignty...something you allude to.
I'm interested in following how you do--may God bless you for serving him in this way!
Thanks for being a strong example for the rest of us.