“You definitely have Lyme Disease.”
Two and a half years ago, a specialist said this to me, and I felt more than knew the burden that I would be carrying. Lyme is a scary illness not only because it is different for every single person who has it, but also because there is not much research being done on it. Having watched both of my sisters battle it, I was frightened and uncertain of my future.
Much has changed since then, and while I am not Lyme free, I do not feel as hopeless as I did.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
If you are going through a tough time, this is the phrase that well meaning Christians love to trot out as a closing line. “Everything is so hard, but God works all things together.” It is often used in conjunction with Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Both of these phrases had lost all of its meaning for me during my first year of Lyme treatment. They felt like Band-Aids for a bomb victim.
All things. I had always read it as “all good things”, even though “good” was not in the text. Post diagnosis, I realized it had to mean “all things, good and bad.”
God, in His omniscience allows things to happen, all things, whether good or bad. He is gracious to us in these trials because He gives us the purpose for it all: His glory.
This blog is about those things, the ones I did not expect, like illness and the many losses it brings. It is about the hope I have found in spite of, and blessedly, through those struggles. It is about the people I have met who are walking through the same things as me.
Most importantly, it is about God, and His glory being found in all things.
Soli Deo Gloria