A friend sent me the book “When the Pieces Don’t Fit” by Glaphre. It is a great book and the timing of the book in my life was also excellent.
Since Dec. 2006, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, life has been on a fast track. There has always been something new to deal with and prayer support has been pretty much continual and amazing. Life has been dealt with on a short term basis.
Glaphre, the author of the book mentioned above, had a chronic, long term, painful and debilitating illness. She showed how to live graciously and victoriously with God’s will in such a situation.
Long term dealing has always been the toughest thing for me. Hopefully, my last major surgery is coming up on Feb 13 (to have the permanent implants put in). There will be one more minor surgery for cosmetic stuff. Hopefully, this will be the end to the short term crises of breast cancer.
Then, I will be looking at the more long term dealing with lymphoma. This week I had major pain which I thought was due to the lymphoma (lymphatic cancer). It seemed that this pain was going to be with me for the duration– a taste of what Glaphre dealt with for over half her life. The pain has since disappeared and I am back to very low level pain which can be ignored.
This taste of big pain made me think about things differently. Let me tell you, firsthand at this point in my life, if you think life will be one long bout of pain, it is hard to be joyful. It knots you up with tension and it overlays a gray color upon your life.
Yet Glaphre dealt with this and emerged in victory. Her secret was her give and take relationship with the Holy Spirit. She practiced responsive listening. Her book could be an advertisement for Elijah House as she ended up teaching on prayer and inner healing in the last part of her life. (She was not involved in Elijah House. She just practiced the same Biblical principles as they teach.)
What it really came down to, though, was obedient listening. She listened to the Holy Spirit and did what she was told. She let God guide her out of her self created box and she refused to see other people in boxes of judgement.
That is what prayer is all about, what victory is all about, what Elijah House is all about, and what freedom is all about! It is also about learning to live joyfully even when God says no to a miraculous healing. I am still asking for that healing, but I am taking notes on how to live if God says no. There is no box or formula big enough to contain God– he is not a tame God. So his purposes will be accomplished even if he does it His way and not ours.
“When the Pieces Don’t Fit” by Glaphre will help anyone in any situation. Don’t wait for major pain. Her perspective is honest, practical and contagious. She died March 8, 2005. I look forward to meeting her one day.