When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I had no idea what a huge lifestyle adjustment I would have to make.
I assumed managing this disease would be as simple as taking a couple shots and testing my blood sugar a few times a day. No big deal.
Little did I know that coming home from the hospital that day would be like coming home with a newborn baby.
|(In the hospital the day of my diagnosis.)|
It would require constant attention. It would keep me up all night, or at least wake me a couple of times in middle of the night. I didn’t know my hair would fall out, or that my fingers would become calloused, or that it would become a balancing act trying to keep my blood sugar between too high and too low, or that living with this disease was a 24/7 math equation.
It hasn’t even been two months, and yet it feels like it has been forever. The idea that I would have to live with this for the rest of my life is terrifying—and yet that is exactly what the doctor told me at the hospital.
He said it would be “permanent”. Permanent = never-ending. Forever.
But I knew better than to believe that. This life is only temporary. The pain and suffering we have to go through today will be gone in just the blink of an eye.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NCV) says:
Why does this scripture tell us to “set our eyes on the unseen”?
Perhaps because God knows that in doing so it will cause our spirits to become lifted.
If we keep our eyes focused on all of our earthly problems for too long, we’ll eventually become weighed down by all of them and fall into depression.
Yet when we fix our eyes on God and remind ourselves that this is only temporary, joy will fill our hearts. When we thank God no matter what we are going through, we show the enemy that he has no power over us.
When the Israelites were wandering around in the desert, they didn’t thank God for all He had done for them; instead, they chose to complain.
They chose to fall into self-pity simply because they had their eyes fixed on the wrong things.
We have two choices when we go through hardships: We can either make this season much longer by only focusing on our suffering--or we can thank God, reminding ourselves of His many blessings and knowing that this pain is only temporary.
I can remember the time I attended a Jonas Brothers concert with my best friend in 8th grade. From the audience I watched and felt sympathy for Nick Jonas as he sang his song, A Little Bit Longer, that he wrote after his diagnosis of type 1 diabetes.
A little bit longer.
Only a little bit longer until it’s dawn and the nighttime has passed. Only a little bit longer until Jesus returns and wipes away all the tears from our eyes.
When we choose to thank God while we wait, our mood will shift.
Not because our circumstances have changed, but because we have chosen to keep our eyes focused on what makes us joyful rather than what could make us depressed.
Our mind will always follow what our eyes are fixed on.
Philippians 4:4-8 (NCV) says:
"Be full of joy in the Lord always. I will say again, be full of joy . . . Brothers and sisters, think about the things that are good and worthy of praise. Think about the things that are true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected."
When we have Christ living in us, we will always have a reason to be thankful.
Our suffering on this earth will become much more bearable when we continue looking forward to our homecoming with Christ.
If only we wait just a little bit longer.
“Crying may last for a night,
but joy comes in the morning.”
~Psalm 30:5 (NCV)