Abiding in Christ on One of “Those” Days

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Have you ever had one of “those” days?  A day where everything and anything that could go wrong does go wrong.  Last week my husband and I had one of those days.  It began when we stopped by our primary care doctor’s office.  I needed a refill of one of my prescriptions, but for some reason, it was not included in the prescriptions I was given.  Getting this particular prescription filled proved to be an exercise in patience and determination.

The specialist told me we needed to bring in a copy of the authorization from Tricare.  I immediately stated they already should have that information.  The insurance specialist collected information from me so she could go confirm with her boss about our referral.  Once she pulled up my file the authorization displayed, so there was no question about our authorization.  Then we had to go wait again.  We watched numerous other patients come and go.  Finally, my name was called and we did more waiting before finally seeing the doctor.

We returned to my husband’s unit to finish out the day.  While there, I received a call from our primary care doctor saying they had no record of me telling them about the prescription I needed.  After several frustrating moments on several calls, we finally got the situation rectified by the specialist.

Later that evening, we attended our Wednesday night church service where our pastor was speaking about abiding in Christ.  It is easy to say we are abiding in Him when everything is going our way (meaning the way we want it to), but it is another thing to abide in Him when things are not going well.

John 154

This particular series is really speaking to my heart and soul.  Oh, how I want to abide in Christ.  I want to rely on Him and recognize that He knows what is best.  But sometimes, that is easy to think and much more of a challenge to truly believe.  I want to be the one God created me to be.  I know I am loved by Him, but I can not always see myself as He sees me.

According to the Webster’s Dictionary website, here is the definition of abide:

Full Definition of abide

abode

play\-ˈbōd\ or

abided

abiding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1:  to wait for :await

  3. 2a:  to endure without yielding :withstandb:  to bear patiently :tolerate<cannot abide such bigots>

  4. 3:  to accept without objection <will abide your decision>

Did you notice the word “abode”?  Abode brings to mind thoughts of a home – like when someone says, “Welcome to my humble abode”.  I want to welcome Jesus Christ into my heart so it is truly a home for Him to stay in for the rest of my life.  Jesus Christ died for our sins.  We need to open our hearts to Him.  We need to be willing to die to self so He can live in our hearts.  When we do, we will receive a peace that only God can provide.

May you find a place today where you can allow Jesus Christ to abide in you.

 

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