To say that this past year has had its ups and downs would be an extreme understatement. Health issues held me back from so many things, and honestly, made me feel like I wasn’t me anymore.
There were days that all I could do was sit. Sit and watch everyone else’s lives around me moving on and doing all the things I used to do and wanted to do so badly. Just months before I was convinced that God had me on a completely different path. Then BAM! Stopped dead in my tracks.
But here I am, ten months later, after three surgeries and countless meds, feeling better than I have in years. God brought my health issues to the surface and healed me! Granted, it was definitely not the most enjoyable experience; but now that I am on the other side of it, I know that God let every bit of it happen for a reason. Not only to draw me closer to Him on the days that I was really struggling but to heal me and make me stronger than before. FOR HIS GLORY!
This morning I went for my first run in over a year. Running alone with God is something I treasure. I feel so close to Him. As I ran past my favorite tree (isn’t it huge!), God reminded me of something amazing. When your roots are planted deep, you can weather any storm. Can you imagine the number of storms this tree has been through in its lifetime? Yet here it stands more beautiful than ever.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:3-5