HOPE // "That when I reach the gates of heaven, the Lord will welcome me in."
FEAR // "Not finding peace with my disease, multiple sclerosis."
Our obstacles are not small. Diminishing them in light of the vastness of the world, time, existence, etc. has always been a painful & ineffective solution for me. Because in that instance, the obstacle seems as though it spans time & space. Therefore, instead of trying to minimize the situation, I've found that focusing on the sheer greatness of our Creator is my comfort. Our problems are not small, our God is just really big.
Ms. Angie has chosen to use her fear as a path to her hope. While she acknowledges her fear not of finding peace with MS, she also hopes that the Lord uses it to create opportunities to know Him more & to be able to reach others. Her MS is, and will continue to be, something that enables her - to speak truth, to connect, to love.
Our obstacles are not small & our burdens are not light. However, even the flowers of the field and the birds of the air do not worry -- how much more precious are we to God? Our existence is fleeting, but yet it is so very magnificent. Our fears are big, but our stories are magnificent.
We are tangled in our obstacles. And while they can sometimes destroy us, they have a tendency to create us simultaneously. Our fears, trials, experiences, raw lives make us who we are, but they do not define us. To me, this idea presents the potential we have to CHOOSE how we use our fears. We have the potential to make our hardships components or consumers -- the difference in being a chapter of our story versus the very title of it. Our problems are not small, our God is just really big.