Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
This passage has taken on a whole new meaning for me the past few months. My granddaughter has been dealing with some health issues lately. As a grandma, living hundreds of miles away from her, I’ve spent some dark nights awake, praying for the health of this little one. As I began to pray for her, I confess, I started out in the middle of the verse, instead of the beginning and I prayed without ceasing (and not necessarily rejoicing).
As time went on, I began praising and thanking God for the minutest improvements in this little life. The funny thing is, when you are looking for the good, you will find it. As I continued reading my Bible, I realized we had also been experiencing the verses immediately following the familiar passage: Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast to what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 (ESV) i.e., out of the blue, I’d receive word from different individuals who felt led to pray for our family; each health consultant turned out to be a believer; and her parents continued researching and testing as they held fast to God’s promises.
God is faithful and His timing is perfect. It’s hard to be patient, wait and persevere during times of difficulty, especially when it’s your children experiencing the difficulty. The only thing I could do was draw closer to Him, trusting and praying. In that surrender, I felt His peace come over me.
Today I’m excited to say that my granddaughter and her family will soon be visiting us for a few months. I am thrilled to have this time to cuddle and nurture this little one, and my heart rests on the promise that God is the ultimate healer and He’s got this.