Hope – You Can Do It

Many of us have to go through some difficult challenges. This is my friend Michaela. She was a student that attended the youth ministry I served in 9 years ago. She is one of the amazing people I was able to serve (and serve with) in Virden, Manitoba. She got Ecoli and got worse. She’s on dialysis, has received blood transfusions, is nauseated and has headaches constantly. On top of that, she hasn’t been able to have any visitors, not even her husband or 8 month old son, for over a week. She’s got tubes to help her breath and hardware coming out of her neck. 
You wanna know what Michaela said on Instagram @michbgray and Facebook recently? “I think God can use this.” God is going to use her struggle to bring hope to her friends and family. In the midst of her crummy days, she is able to find a handful of things she is thankful for. My heart is broken for her as I think about her situation and I couldn’t actually write this post earlier in the week. But I am also encouraged as I share this story with my family. 
As our family makes adjustments to covid restrictions, I find so much encouragement in Michaela’s life. As I read Philippians 4:10-14&19 this morning, I am reminded of Michaela:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry,whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles… 19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
As we look ahead to Christmas, there is hope as we trust in God. As we fill our minds and hearts with “whatever,” we can walk by faith trusting God to renew us, transform us, and give us strength for each day. 
“Oh and also, if you  know a health care worker, give them an extra long socially distanced hug today. They are heroes.”