God Helps Us Do Everything!

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I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”           Phil 4:13

I was meditating on this verse today. It’s one of my favorites, because of the promise Paul states for himself, and for all of us as believers. Sounds funny, but it brought to mind my trip to the laundromat a couple of mornings ago.

You see, we’ve had some major issues with the water pipe out of our house, leaving us unable to use our bathroom and washer. So for the last couple of weeks we’ve been roughing it. While carrying the bucket outside to dump or washing my hair from water in a pot, I jokingly call myself a Pioneer Woman. Anyway, our laundry has been piling up, and it was time to take care of it.

So there I was, watching the clothes spin in the dryer, and suddenly a feeling of relief washed over me. I hadn’t realized how much I’d been dreading the trip over to the laundromat until it was almost over. Folding the warm clothes, I felt a sense of accomplishment, and gratitude for the location so near my house.

How does this connect with the verse from Philippians for me? It occurred to me that the reason I love the promise so much is because it applies to my life every day. The “him” Paul mentions is Christ – the one who provides strength for us to do “all this.” I used to assume that meant the big stuff like medical emergencies, unexpected job losses, or cherished dreams falling apart. And it does.

But by the time I headed home with my basket, I saw how Christ had equipped me to make that little run. From nudging me away from my coffee to helping me organize what laundry to take, He guided my steps. Even more, His touch turned my attitude around. Instead of grumbling, I ended up thankful.

The truth is that Christ is with us for everything – the biggest and smallest of tasks. The question is, do we call on Him to help us with all of it?

 

Cold Thoughts

1447861572286-677988780“… for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”  Phil 4:11

I’ve been having a bit of a rough morning – achy joints with a side of fatigue. That’s my Rheumatoid Arthritis experience in a nutshell. During this summer and even early fall, a combination of medications and more exercise has really helped me deal with it effectively. But now the temperatures are sliding, and I literally feel it in my bones.

I’ve occasionally wondered how this winter will be for me. And while the weather has stayed warm I’ve pulled that question out, only to tuck it away for later. Well, later has arrived. As I pushed through today’s morning routine, all sorts of twinges and throbs surprised me. Taking the dog out and making a sandwich, which last week had been pretty easy, were suddenly full of pain triggers.

By the time I sat down with my husband for breakfast, my mind was flashing back to last year, when wrist braces, ice packs and a steady stream of Advil were barely enough to take the edge off. It wasn’t long before fear was creeping around inside me: Is this winter going to be as bad for me?

The honest answer is, I don’t know. That thought didn’t cheer me up this morning. In fact, I could feel the stirrings of another question rising up – Why do I still have to deal with this? Actually, the answer to that is the same.

By God’s grace, I had the wisdom to ask my husband for prayer. And as he spoke, I could almost hear a voice whisper in my ear. It went something like this: Whatever the situation is right now, accept it and deal with it. That is where your strength will be.

Paul’s words in Philippians came pretty quickly to mind. He could have let the difficult, sometimes life-threatening circumstances he faced become reasons for fear and resentment. Instead, he chose to put his trust in God, and to let go of his anxiety. That decision brought him peace, and a continued strength to handle everything.

I know this winter will eventually pass into Spring. And I want to look back over the season with a sense of victory, knowing I took each day as it came, making the most of it no matter how I felt. A tall order! But Paul also said, “I can do all things through Christ.