Living In The Meantime Of His Sufficient Grace

I don't write much here anymore about chronic illness or Lyme disease. I used to but decided a few years ago to start a separate blog solely dedicated to Lyme and my health. 

People who follow The Ragamuffin Saint still occasionally ask how I am in regards to that and I certainly appreciate it. It's always meaningful when someone remembers you and what you're going through or dealing with, even if they don't fully know or understand the details.

Still, it's not such an easy question to answer; it's not so cut and dry because there's a lot involved. Ask anybody with a chronic illness and I'm pretty sure they'll tell you the same.

Some days it's easier not to go into it and other days, it needs to be said.

I suppose this is one of those days it needs to be said, however; it isn't necessarily about the status of my physical health. I think I need to speak some truth about this process, and I've learned the process is vitally important - it's hard but necessary.

The Lord promised me healing MANY years ago, and I've always believed Him. In the meantime, He said His grace was sufficient for me. Now I'm not just quoting Scripture here. He really did tell me that...right after the part where He promised me healing. 

And so I continue to wait.   
I can honestly say I still believe, but that hasn't automatically made this easy; quite the contrary. Nor does it mean I always understand; I do not. But I do trust Him. Perhaps I should say I've learned to trust Him through these years of waiting, and this isn't something that can just be taught. It must be learned through personal experience, which usually means you will wrestle with it.

Nevertheless, there is always deep learning and beauty hidden within a mess for us to discover. And so it's been for me. There are deeper places in Him I have discovered and journeyed; places I don't think I could have found anywhere else but here

Keeping the faith, continuing to believe, and trusting Him, which also means trusting in His purpose and His timing, is often a choice; an intentional choosing. By that I mean I choose these things. I choose to keep trusting. It's actually much easier now twenty-one years into this because I've better learned to do that, and I just know in my spirit He will do what He said He would do. I've come to know His character, His nature, and I know He cannot lie. 

It's on the hardest of days, though, when I have to purpose in my heart to keep holding onto what I know; despite how I physically or emotionally feel. 

Honestly, it's not been easy being sick for so long or having every facet of your life affected by it. It's not easy working long and hard to be well; it really is a full-time job by the way. And it's not always easy dealing with the opinions, beliefs, and judgments of other people but you learn to deal with it all as time goes on.

I don't understand all of the whys but I do know what He has shown me, and what He's shown me trumps all. He has the final authority over my life. So I keep doing my part while trusting He's doing His. I focus on the truth of what I know and I ask for His grace to keep going.

I try to balance how my everyday life really is; balancing the reality of still being chronically ill (better but still ill) with who I am and who I am becoming. Sometimes this can get blurred; sometimes I get weary, and sometimes it's just hard. But all the sometimes eventually pass and I grow through each one. I learn through the stretching. I expand through the expanding. And I see wisdom and development truly come through the process. 

The truth is, God's had a plan all along. It's gotten clearer along the way; not all at once, but more so over the years as we've traveled this long road together. I can better see how His supernatural grace has truly been a preserving factor for me. 

So I do what I've been called to do, as well as I can, in the context of where I am in my life presently. I walk in who I am, even though I'm not physically well yet. And it is the Christ in me that empowers me to do this.

To some, it might seem like a total contradiction but God's ways are nothing like ours. His ways, His thoughts, function on a truly higher plane. We have to learn to sync up with Him. Come up higher, so to speak. Basically, He sees the big picture and mostly we do not. This is certainly another nugget of wisdom I've not only learned but am living out. 

This is the place where trusting Him is most vital and truthfully, most costly. It's an investment in the future; we just don't always understand it at the time. 

I think most of us truly appreciate authenticity yet it's not always the easiest thing to do when it concerns our real lives. Often the truth of our stories isn't what we want it to be. Maybe we prefer not to go there or maybe we're afraid of what other people will think of us. Perhaps we even feel like we're failing God somehow by not having the perfect story to tell.

If we aren't careful though, we can inadvertently create a false persona in an effort to present ourselves in an acceptable and faithful light to God and others. While I clearly know there are spiritual principles on which we stand and operate, I also know He's not into fake and neither am I. 

It's certainly wise to use discretion but sometimes, we just need to be more transparent and share some of our stories. Perhaps it helps us have greater grace for other people when they're being more transparent about theirs and perhaps He just wants us to share because He's working, moving, and using our lives to speak to others. It usually helps us in the process too.

I guess I can sum this up by saying I'm not who I was but I'm more of who I am. It's a good thing; it's a God thing. And it is happening through this process. It's happening in the meantime. 

So even though it doesn't always make sense, even though it usually isn't easy, I ultimately know His purpose for my life is prevailing. And this is where I've been all these years. It's where you'll still find me - living in the meantime of His sufficient grace.

- Michelle

Michelle Holderman
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