I had collapsed on the couch very early one morning after a night of writhing in bed with the pain and nausea of a migraine. My left arm was strapped to my body due to a broken shoulder that would take many weeks to heal. This confinement increased the difficulty of trying to nurse my throbbing head with minimally effective comforts.
In addition to the help that I required with the cooking since I only had one useable hand, I also was unable to handle other tasks because my migraine brain slowed all thoughts as if they were trying to go through a partially melted marshmallow. However, God can work His way through even the stickiest situations. The Holy Spirit reminded me that my Father is always with me, even to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). And then… I remembered a quote from Charles Spurgeon that I had read earlier in the week:
From “Contentment” by Charles Spurgeon
Let it always be sufficient for you to think that you are where God put you.
It seemed rather odd to think that where God would put me was in a position of what appeared to be complete ineffectiveness, limply lying on my couch, apparently unable to contribute much of anything to the world. However, I focused on what I knew to be true, including the fact that His understanding exceeds mine by far.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
In addition to His wisdom, I also knew that His love and power always give me reason to trust Him.
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9-10
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
He PUT me where I was, knowing that it would work good somehow in His great big plan for the world. Although it was hard for me to fathom, it was possible that something good would happen for someone on the other side of the world simply because I was lying on the couch, unable to do anything else for a time. This wasn’t some random senseless act for me to rebel against or feel frustrated about. I also didn’t need to know what the good was that would come of it; Job never knew the reason for his travail. I just needed to know and trust that God was (and still is) working!
Although my circumstances didn’t change, my thinking did. The God of peace was (and still is) with me.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.