Thursday, May 17
Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1:21-28
Hannah and Elkanah's decision to give their precious son Samuel to God reminded me of what took place a little while after my husband was diagnosed with cancer.
I had recently walked with my dad through his battle with cancer (which took his life), and now my husband (Jeff) and I were receiving the same awful news from his doctor--cancer. At first, I was devastated. My first thought was that Jeff would end up dying just like my dad. But a few weeks into Jeff's chemotherapy, God helped me see that Jeff was His first, and as much as I loved my precious husband, God loved him even more. God had Jeff right in the middle of His hands.
It was a difficult prayer, but at that point I prayed and told God how much I loved Jeff and wanted to keep him--but I understood and accepted that Jeff was His first, and whatever the outcome of Jeff's cancer, I was fully trusting in Him. I can't explain it, but taking on this perspective and praying that prayer changed everything for me. Fear, worry and anxiety were replaced by a peace that I know only God can provide. Thank you, God, for helping me see that we are all Yours first.
What's your perspective when it comes to your children, your spouse, your parents, your siblings? Do you think of your loved ones (and yourself) as being God's first? Why is this important? Tami
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