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"I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself." - CS Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shadows...


My mum called and I wasn’t sounding myself while we spoke, thus I had to admit to her I wasn’t feeling well. I had been having difficult nights for some days. The worse of it had passed, and I was doing fine, just dealing with the residue of the symptoms when mum found out. I didn’t let her know when there was danger and I needed a hospital because I hate the overreaction from her, especially as it tends to triple when she’s not around you to know how you’re doing for herself. She got to know when I felt much better, but she still panicked. Mum kept calling to check on me and find out how I was feeling. She told my aunt, who joined in the nagging calls, and insisting I stay home to rest. I laughed to myself as much as I was getting a little put off by their worry. My mind was like, “dudes… I’m not ill. When I could have dropped you had no idea I was ill and when I’m feeling strong you’re worrying your pants off.”

Most times we go through really bad situations and God doesn’t reveal these things to us when we’re in the deep end until He brings us out of the emergency room, and then we panic at the little we see, clueless that it’s just a residue of something worse. (Well, that’s what I think and I’m sticking with it) I’m sure He just shakes His head at us in amazement, like chill child, If only you knew what I just delivered you from, you wouldn’t be loosing your pants over this little symptoms that you see.
Thank God for battles unseen He’s brought us out of.

I’ve come to realize that if God lets me see it, its because the worse is over. Like I only gave away that I wasn’t feeling too strong to my mum because the worse was over. The troubles that appear are just shadows of the real battle God already won. What can shadows do? Nothing… they only seem to have power when we allow fear drape over us as we run in circles round the harmless shadows.
The psalmist says “ yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4
He walks through the valley of the shadow of death, not the valley of death… so even here, he tells us that all the valley holds is just shadows and not death itself, thus we don’t need to fear in the midst of the problems, for God is with us, and He’s dealt with the worse of it already.

What are you going through right now? As bad as it looks, remember, shadows, don’t let fear get you to the place of depression. Even it’s all up in your face, remember, God’s dealt with the worse already, and this is just the residue symptoms of something worse, and it’s going to be alright.

4 comments :

  1. Thank you Joy. Love the way you come up with easily relatable analogies in order to pass across a scriptural message. One question, not that i think you'd answer, why aren't you active in the comment section?

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    1. Hi, I know i've become so bad at it. Most often, i put up posts and move on. I find it hard to comment on other blogs as well. By nature I'm a reserved person, usually smiling at you when you speak to me. I probably just smile at the comments/posts... and move on, but not always.

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    2. I didn't think you'd reply, I assumed your not replying was a matter of principle. It's good to know why.

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