When I was talking to someone yesterday who had never heard my story. I told her everything - the miraculous way that God enabled me to work through my recovery when recovery seemed like an impossibility. I love this story! My God specializes in the impossible, so I love that aspect of my story.
That same woman then asked about my speaking career. She wanted to know what I'd be speaking on. I told her that my theme is to "be the author of your own story and write yourself a legend!" I told her that through my illness and recovery I had learned to never accept the limited expectations of others, to press forward and keep pushing the limits to meet the expectations I have for myself and to always have faith that more IS possible.
She paused then asked - "Where is God in all of that?" I was stunned. Where is God? Was she not listening? It was God who pulled off the miraculous and kept me alive when there was a 95% chance I wouldn't make it. It was God who mingled my DNA to create a warrior who never gave up, never accepted the limits of others. It was God who gave me the faith to believe that my story would not end in a hospital bed in Gaza, or even in Tel Aviv. It was God who gave me the strength and determination to research and think creatively to come up with treatments and therapies that would bring my brain back from wherever I had lost it so I could be myself again.
I'm not very good at being religious but I am good at knowing that I am in God's hands wherever I go. I also know that He expects me to have faith in times like these, faith to know that He's got me, no matter what.
I was very disappointed with her question. "Where is God in all of this?" so I did some research. I wanted to know how many times the Bible refers to "your faith" (MY faith) as a pivotal factor. I found 70 references to "your faith" in the New Testament alone. So I looked up those.
Time after time Jesus said "Your faith has healed you". There are many different references in different ways but all talking about the importance of "your faith" and the difference that makes in our lives.
YOUR FAITH HAS HEALED YOU. Let that sink in for a minute.
Being a Christian doesn't mean laying back and waiting for God to do all the hard work. He expects US to have a faith that changes us.
Matt 9:22 is a good example: Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
Jesus himself said to her "your faith has healed you". Did he say "I healed you"? Did he say "God has healed you"? He sure could have - but he didn't. His words are clear - "your faith has healed you".
If your God is so small that you cannot imagine that His reach goes beyond Himself, let me tell you about my God!
My God works through those who love him. He works through everything he chooses to work through. My God tells me that even my faith can heal me! He doesn't need to suck up all the credit directly for everything good that happens. Jesus' own words indicate that I have a part in the outcome of my life. So do you.
So hold onto that pen, be the author of your own story, and keep writing that legend!
Linda blends warmth, wisdom and humour into every presentation. Enjoy the ride!