Mighty Is the Lord

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I am blessed to have Lynn Severance as my guest blogger today. I became friends with Lynn through her writings on Rest Ministries and am so pleased she is sharing with us today.  Thanks Lynn!

"Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit" (Psalm 147:5).

One of the frustrations I carry within myself, is my desire to understand.  I want to have a better understanding of people, of my own self, of situations, and of God. It is beyond me to fathom why I set myself up “to fail” in this longing. 

It is humanly impossible to fulfill this desire regarding all matters.  It is not a failure to have the desire as there are many things God has given to each of us that are understandable. 

We go to school to learn - be it the literal schools of our growing up years or the school of life and  the lessons we learn along the way. It is in other areas that I find myself burdened, wanting to understand.

 I do not understand the staggering numbers of those of all ages who are sick - chronically. Their sufferings are not only physical, but become emotionally challenging as well.

It seems one is an outgrowth of the other. I include myself in these categories. 

Over and over, diagnosis and relief is sought from medical professionals. For many, this advice brings no long-term relief and/or healing. How can any of us learn to cope with what we cannot understand? 

The everyday world where we once functioned well and could serve others seems shattered and even faith can be shaken.

Psalm 147:5  tells me God’s understanding has no limit. I continue to learn that I need to keep my eyes and heart on the One whose very essence contains what I am lacking. As my human strength diminishes, his strength can fill those spaces. 

Do I feel strong? 

No. 

Is he strong in me? 

Yes. 

Do I understand this? 

No. 

This may be what he wants me to understand! 

He remains mighty. With his strength he helps me to accept what I cannot understand. We become closer in relationship as I come to “understand” this very primary lesson!

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd" (Matthew 9:36).

I am not a crowd, but I am part of a "crowd" of those physically challenged every day. 

Doubts and fears can harass and cause me to feel helpless - and hopeless if I dwell on them too long.  God knows my every need and offers his personal care. 

I have felt his compassion in my weakness and his understanding when others cannot fathom what I am experiencing. When I turn to him, he gathers me up as his precious lamb until I can sense his unconditional care - whether I understand it or not. What a mighty God is He!

Lord, I am a part of your created universe and you understand the work of your hands. As you abide within me, giving me strength beyond my understanding, thank You for deepening my trust in You.

More about Lynn: Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 30 years of living with daily physical challenges. Lynn is a part of the devotional writing team for Rest Ministries, a Christian website that ministers to those who live in chronic pain and/or with chronic illness. Lynn blogs, when she can, at this address.  http://lynn-severance.blogspot.com

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