I was asked on a radio interview recently if I thought God gave me a stroke. It’s a valid question and one that I suspect most of us have wrestled with in the face of a devastating illness. Your Pastor may have a different opinion about this, but I believe that God does not do anything that harms us. He loves us and He only wants good things for our lives.
Having said that, I also believe that when illness or some other crisis strikes us, that God gets to work. He didn’t give me a stroke, but He was there with me from the moment it first happened and continues to be with me, helping me to recover and to recognize His hand at work in my life.
I’ve made some significant changes since my stroke experience. I’ve traveled to Israel and been baptized in the river Jordan, the same river where Jesus was baptized when the Holy Spirit descended like a dove upon Him. I’ve become much more diligent in my prayer life and I am far more willing to speak out and speak up about the things God has done in my life.
So, my answer is that God didn’t give me stroke, but He used it to lead me forward, to take me someplace I may never have gone without this experience. He took something that could have ended my life and turned it into something where I could live in a new way for Him. You might say that He breathed new life into me. You can trust me when I tell you that I will always be grateful that He has allowed me to discover Him in a deeper, very real way and He is with you too. He knows what you need, and He will never leave you.
Be at peace today.
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
2 Thessalonians 3:16, NIV