“I’ve Been There”

I am cooking my dinner which is chicken, cabbage, beans & rice and Iced tea when I had this thought.  There are so many people going through so many things and it is a comfort to find someone who knows exactly what you have gone through and still going through.  Those persons can tell you “I’ve been there.”  When you feel as if you just can’t get it together, someone has already made it through.  When you go from being able to feel your hands, fingers, feet and toes, to not being able to feel them at all, and someone will tell you “I’ve been there.”  When your fingers are no longer nimble due to neuropathy, you can’t feel the comb in your hand and combing you hair is definitely a challenge, someone will tell you “I’ve been there.” When you can’t button your shirt because you can’t feel the button or try to zip up a dress/ pants someone will tell you “I’ve been there.”  When the temperature outside drops and because of the neuropathy, your feet are already frozen and the frustration begins to creep in, someone will tell you “I’ve been there.”

What I had to remind myself about came out of II Corinthians 12:7-10:

(7)  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

(8)  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

(9)  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

(10)  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

My body may have to go through these issues, but my mind is stayed on Christ.

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