Just over a year ago, life changed. I became the business administrator at Asbury after making the tough decision to leave a position I had for 17 years. It was hard to leave the comfort of an office I knew and a staff that I loved like family. But, I knew in my heart it was what I was being called to do. God opened a door, but I had to trust in Him and walk through it. And, boy, am I glad that I did! I praised God for His blessings and for the opportunity He provided.
Shortly after joining the staff, my mom was diagnosed with liver cancer. Life changed yet again. I spent countless hours traveling from Raleigh to Charlotte for appointments, visits, and long weekends. The strong, independent, active woman that raised me was not the woman I saw in front of me. The high toxin levels in her blood made it difficult for her to do simple tasks so I worried that each conversation would be our last and that she may never recognize me again. For more than nine months, she fought fatigue, confusion, weakness, and many other symptoms before getting the good news that she would receive a liver transplant. She then prepared herself for a different kind of battle — to prevent rejection of the new organ. Nothing the doctors told us would prepare us for how difficult a transition it would be, but we were thankful for God’s mercy and healing. And now, I am most appreciative of the small things like seeing Mom in her garden or taking her to an antique shop (which I despised growing up).
Unlike the joy and blessings experienced as I joined the staff, my Mom’s sudden diagnosis left me asking, “Why Lord? Why now? Have I not been through enough?” Maybe you can relate. It’s not as easy to praise God in the storms that we face.
Though I will experience difficult times in my life (and you in yours), God reassures us in Romans 13:5 that He will be there.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
When I had fear about starting a new job or doubts about my Mom’s health, the first thing I did was pray. I prayed for patience, for strength, for healing, and the list goes on. Some people may underestimate the power of prayer because it doesn’t magically take the fear away nor does it directly solve the problem. But, prayer gives us a direct connection with God and allows us to have a personal relationship with Him. It provides hope and a sense of peace through the difficult times and reminds us that He is by our side through it all.
Yet again, life will change. I recently learned that my Dad has liver failure. I don’t know what lies ahead for him or our family, but I know that God will see me through it. If you’re facing a difficult time in your life, I pray that you find comfort in knowing that He will be there for you, too.
So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him.