Mar 02

It’s the REAL thing!

Candle and teacupThat’s what the nurse at our doctor’s office told me last week when I brought Gracie in with a 101.4 temperature.

After checking all of her symptoms, which included headache, fever and chills, and all-over body aches, the nurse informed me that this was the “real” influenza.

Real or not, we’ve been passing it back and forth from one member of our family to another since right after Christmas. So it is definitely “real” to us!

Being incapacitated in one way or another for several weeks has given me some time to reflect on the other realities of life. It is challenging at times to keep everything in perspective, especially when you are faced with uncertainty and anxiety.

I am grateful for God’s Word reminding me of what is “real” in this life, and it is not the day-to-day difficulties and struggles. They are temporary (although many of our challenges will be life-long, we have eternity to live with His perfection and peace) – and it is good to be reminded of the “real” things.

If you are facing a time of change or uncertainty in life, it is important to remember that He alone is the One who never changes. We can run to Him for safety, stability, and security. The things of this life will never remain certain, and we will always be disappointed if we expect to find joy and peace by obtaining just one more “thing.”

Perhaps it is only after you have discovered that earthly “treasures” are truly meaningless without the eternal reality of God’s presence that one can finally let go of those things.

I am reminded of the old hymn, Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus, and the comfort found in those words:

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,and life more abundant and free.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face,

and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

~ Helen H. Lemmel

Although the past several months have been rather overwhelming, and frequently discouraging, I am trying to remember to turn my eyes upon Jesus because He is the REAL thing!

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  1. Angelina

    Feel better! Drink lots of fluids!

  2. Debi @ Surroundings by Debi

    What a wonderful reminder Nina. AS I am sure you know I have been struggling with a health issue for several months and this brighten my day and was so encouraging to me. Have a wonderful day and i hope the sickness will soon be gone from your house.

  3. Katherines Corner

    hoping it’s all clear soon my friend. Sending hugs ( and I wish I could send soup) to all of you xo

  4. Grace

    God is the real thing! What a beautiful reminder. My prayers are with you and your’s.
    Thanks for encouraging us at EncourageMe Linkup. I’m glad you came around and hope you’d join us next week.
    God bless you.

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