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Today’s Prompt: Put together a wish list for your life.
II Corinthians 12: 7-10
…Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
This is my “migraine themed” Bible verse. It’s a blessing that I don’t know the nature of Paul’s “thorn” because I can substitute my own “thorn” and gain comfort from these words. So what does this have to do with a “wish list”? Well, I don’t usually “wish”. I pray instead. I believe in the power of prayer and know that God hears my prayers even when I don’t get the answer I hope for.
When it comes to Migraines, my prayer is always that my own “thorn” be taken from me. Yet somehow I have this nagging suspicion that it will never leave. Why is that? I know that I have been a lot more persistent that Paul in begging God to take away the Migraines. He only asked three times. I probably ask three times a day and yet they keep on coming. That’s when I take a closer look at this scripture passage and ask a different kind of request.
If I am not going to be released from the torment of Migraines, then I pray that God’s grace is enough to get me through the dark days and that good will come out of this. I may not ever see or understand the good that comes from me having Migraines, but I want to trust that it is there. It is so easy to get caught up in negative thinking, so I ask that God remind me of the goodness of life to keep my spirit positive.
So I hold on to these two parting thoughts:
God grant me the
serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Philippians 4: 6-7; 12-13
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by the National Headache Foundation.
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