Dearest friends in the Lyme world,
From the bottom of my heart, I wish you the happiest of holidays, a joyous Christmas, and healthy New Year!
May 2013 be a year of good things for all of us....improved health, remission from Lyme disease, a better educated public, and a government ready to help those afflicted with this awful infection through the creation of a National Lyme Strategy in Canada.
As I look back on the past year, I have been so blessed by this "cyber world"! I am grateful for those who have Lyme blogs who I have been able to connect with on a personal level, for those who have contacted me asking for help, and for anyone reading my blog who might find something helpful there. Yes, I am grateful for all of you, because your empathy has helped me cope, and others among you (namely those who have e-mailed asking for help) have helped me find a greater purpose in my own struggles with this illness. I am humbled to be able to help guide others out of the Lyme maze.
This morning, as I listened to Pastor James Macdonald's broadcast on his radio program called "Walk in the Word", he had a great message which left me with food for thought:
"It's never too late. Wait."
His message was about waiting on the Lord for what we need, and it got me thinking about how much waiting there is in Lyme recovery. The progress is so awfully slow. We must cling to hope and learn to wait and be patient. But this is not an empty hope! It is the expectation of good things to come out of our circumstances, whether we are fully healed on this Earth or not.
Jesus will provide us with what we need to get through this rough time, to persevere, to endure. Without this knowledge, I don't think I could have held on. I kept thinking of that expression, "When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." In those dark days of illness, I would picture myself hanging onto that knot! Thanks to God, I did. I waited, and waited, and waited, and over time, my treatment began to heal my body and mind. I still think it is a miracle that I am perfectly well today (well....let's call it 95%) and able to live a normal life.
If you would like to listen to Pastor James Macdonald's audio broadcast in full, this came from his series entitled Jesus, the Promise: Wait for Him - Part 3. The audio broadcast can be purchased from his website here.
Once again, have a blessed Christmas as you wait on the One who can do all things, and who will provide in ways beyond comprehension, for those who put their trust in Him, and Him alone.