Daily Devotional

Making room

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The LORD says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; . . . I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

- Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

At age 42, I developed an ailment that affected my motor skills. My gait became uneven, my head tilted to the right, and an array of other muscular problems left me weak and sore. For four years, I feared the future and prayed for strength and healing. I found hope in Isaiah 43:18-19, trusting that God was working on my behalf.

After years of living in fear, I made peace with my situation, knowing that God would be with me even if I became confined to a wheelchair or worse. I was directed to a skilled neurologist, who diagnosed me with a rare genetic condition that left my body without enough dopamine, a chemical required for proper nerve-brain function. Trusting God with my future, I began taking medicine and immediately began to improve. Within a year, I could walk, stand, and move correctly.

I now rely on three doses of medicine each day, but I praise God for my body. Without my weakness I would never have known the depth of God’s strength, wisdom, and unconditional love. Only after I stopped trying to solve the problem myself did I make room for God to answer my prayers.

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