Long Road to Glory

Long Road to Glory

I never thought I would suffer a life-threatening ailment, so when I was diagnosed six years ago with Crohn’s—an autoimmune disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract and for which there is no known drug or surgical cure—it was very hard to accept. I was 24 years old at the time and had a four-year-old son.

All the natural remedies I tried did little to stave off the deterioration. I was in terrible pain and mostly bedridden for four years. At one point I had lost 40% of my body weight, weighed only 35 kg (85 lbs), and was in danger of dying of malnutrition.

This long-term illness sucked the life out of me emotionally as well. I felt like a failure, worthless, and a terrible burden on my family. Why had God let this happen to me? What in the world could He do with such a frail, bedridden, emotionally unstable person as I had become?

When I was at my weakest physically and emotionally, my ever-supportive family and friends helped me not give up mentally and spiritually. They also encouraged me that I could still be a help to others by praying for them. So I stopped praying for my own healing, and instead prayed that God would use me in that way, just as I was—and that was the beginning of my recovery. I wasn’t healed physically overnight, but I was at peace and ready to accept whatever God had in store for me.

Several months later, a new option for medical treatment presented itself, and when I prayed about whether or not to pursue it, Jesus told me that He would use this to put me on the road to full recovery. Slowly my intestines began to repair, and over the next year I gradually returned to my normal weight. That treatment, along with a good diet and lots of prayer, has sent my Crohn’s into remission and brought me back from the brink of death, for which I’m very thankful!

Because of Jesus’ never-ending love and care, and with the help of the wonderful people in my life, I made it through those five difficult years, and I believe I have come out better for it. Best of all, it drew me closer to Jesus than I ever thought possible.

I now can say with the apostle Paul, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:28 (NIV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:31 (NIV) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

7 Comments

  1. Courtney
    September 9, 2014, 8:32 am   /  Reply

    This was an aptly timed devotion, a word from the Lord that I needed. 3 1/2 years ago I had back surgery that went terribly wrong and which left me disabled and mostly bedridden ever since. Lately I have been asking the Lord what He can do with me now. All the dreams I thought were from Him I no longer can do at this point. But God has been nudging me the same way..to start praying for others and praising Him for everything!! Emotionally and mentally I am still struggling and the meds are not helping in that regard. But I know that the Lord has brought me through this to bring me closer to Himself and teach me many things. I wouldnt take back this journey for anything. Im not healed but im healing on the inside. Who knows what the Lord has in store for the future!

  2. Mustapha
    September 9, 2014, 12:41 pm   /  Reply

    Courtney,
    i pray with you today and ask our heavenly father to exend his healing hand to yoy today.
    Amen

  3. onyi
    September 9, 2014, 3:01 pm   /  Reply

    You are healed in Jesus’ name Amen. I will be praying for you

  4. ramona kettle
    September 10, 2014, 5:53 pm   /  Reply

    Courtney trust me your strong cause a lot of people would have lost their way keep praying as I would have you in my prayers this morning

  5. Teresa Brende
    September 11, 2014, 4:35 am   /  Reply

    Courtney, I know that you’re in God’s heart and plans. He has some mighty plans for you. God Bless you! I’ll pray for you.

  6. Obed ohene-kwayisi
    September 13, 2016, 3:40 am   /  Reply

    A spirit touching testimony.

  7. sithan
    September 22, 2016, 8:56 am   /  Reply

    Dear: Sir,
    I am so blessed to be able read your message about long road to glory. It encourages me a Lot. Well, I would like to know more about your Crohn’s and how you treat that. In my country is very limited to this knowledge.. my problem is the same to you..
    Regards,
    Sithan

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