Wednesday Wrap Up
I shared briefly about the trial this last year that we have undergone concerning my dad’s health. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, he lost most of his speech and mobility, and then he endured many severe complications due to medications and procedures. At one point in the journey, his vitals had dropped so low that the doctors called our immediate family in because they weren’t sure he was going to make it through the night. By God’s grace my dad has recovered, the tumor is now just a shadow, and his health is getting stronger and stronger with each passing day.
Yes, that is a praise report. But, even with this physical miracle, I still found myself becoming discouraged. Dealing with a life threatening illness has taken it’s toll on my parent’s financially and emotionally, and these aspects are taking longer to “heal”. At one point a few weeks ago, I was questioning God and asking him, “Why would you spare my dad’s life, only to make them suffer financially and emotionally? Why would you just heal his body, while the rest of his life needs recovery too?”
Being so patient as He is, God gently spoke to me and said, “I don’t do anything half way”, and then he brought Joel 2:25 to my heart, which is a simple promise, “I will restore what the locusts have eaten”. It’s a promise that God made to Israel after they had been devastated by war, famine, and plagues. They community was desolate and depressed, and rebuilding seemed impossible. But not for God. He promised them that He would restore all that was affected by this epidemic (which in their case was brought on by disobedience). He also goes on to say, “You will eat, and eat until you are full….. You will praise the Lord your God for He works wonders for you.”
I have been clinging to that promise, and reminding myself when I’m discouraged that God has promised to restore all that was lost to the “locusts” in my parent’s life. He has healed my dad physically, and I believe with all my heart that He is also going to restore them financially and emotionally.
What “locusts” are in your life. What has been taken from you? In what areas have you suffered devastation? Take heart. God will restore all to you, and even to the point of excess. He will work wonders for you. He has promised that, and I believe what He says.