Medical Mondays: Does God Does Have a Purpose In My Illness?

Can God have a purpose in my pain? In my sickness?

Yes. After all these years, all these questions, I can say for sure that yes, God does have purpose--even in sufferings and disease and sickness (and in health).

When God shut me down and took away the things that defined my identity, my sense of significance, the pieces of action and activity that gave me a feeling of personal value, I felt the loss of them. Then, God filled those spaces up with His own dreams and goals for me. At first they felt less. I felt less.

Now as time passes and I see His purpose more clearly, I can even give thanks for my condition.

I have learned that God can do more with my "less" than I ever could have done with my more.

I suppose it's like the little boy who gave his five loaves and two fish to Jesus. Jesus fed 5,000 people with that meager little lunch. Had the little boy scraped and worked to earn the money to have bought and given ten loaves and 4 fish, would it have made any difference? Even if he could have tripled or quadrupled his own lunch, it was still ridiculously insufficient for the need.

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The point wasn't how much the little boy could give. It was the fact that he gave what he had.

So with me, it is not meant to be about how much I can do for God, or what I can accomplish. Rather, God wants me to offer who I am, even this less that I am, and watch Him do a miracle with it.

In my health, I was trying to feed the 5,000 with my own limited supply, my own strength. How silly. Now, I can live knowing my weakness is His strength.

You can too. If you have a chronic condition, God has a purpose for it. He has a purpose for you in it. He can do more through your weakness than you could have in your strength. Keep faith. Keep hope. A smaller lunch is no limitation when Jesus gets a hold of it!


  1. This is so beautiful, Kim. And how much He has done with your two loaves and five fishes! It reminds me to yield my good and bad vision days to Him and trust that, of course, He will use me for His glory. In spite of my silly bending over to pick something up off the floor, hitting the chair on my way down, getting a welt that eventually turns into a black eye, this is all allowed in His plan. I need to keep my focus on Him (The view on Him is within my power, unlike my vision!) Such a wonderful reminder, especially on a Monday morning. Thank you!

  2. Thank you, Amy! I love what you said about focus not being about sight--just like my strength isn't about the ability of my body. Sorry about your black eye!!!


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