It Was Because of An Illness

“It was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you.” – Galatians 4:13

It was because of an illness…

It was because of an illness that I stopped ignoring and neglecting my body.
It was because of an illness that I started attending to my heart.
It was because of an illness that I discovered the places where my faith is weak.
It was because of an illness that I opened my eyes to the spirit of striving in me.

"Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" - Galatians 3:3

It was because of an illness that I am able to spend countless uninterrupted hours with God.
It was because of an illness that God is becoming the most important relationship in my life.
It was because of an illness that I fell in love with Scripture.
It was because of an illness that I sometimes dare to ask for miracles.

"Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?" - Galatians 3:5

It was because of an illness that I am learning the importance of true rest.
It was because of an illness that I uncovered my works-based mindset.
It was because of an illness that I understand how enduring suffering with faith grows the fruit of the Spirit.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." - Galatians 5:22-23a

It was because of an illness that I have a deeper marriage.
It was because of an illness that I pray with my husband much more often.
It was because of an illness that I have a greater understanding of the Holy Spirit.

"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." - Galatians 5:16

It was because of an illness that I started to find my honest voice.
It was because of an illness that I found people who know how to sit with others in suffering.

"Even though my illness was a trial to you, you did not treat me with contempt or scorn. Instead, you welcomed me" - Galatians 4:14a

It was because of an illness that I encourage others.
It was because of an illness that I started to reveal my hidden places, the secrets destroying me.
It was because of an illness that I discovered my aversion to grace.

"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel - which is really no gospel at all." - Galatians 1:6-7a

It was because of an illness that I am softening.
It was because of an illness that I am introspective.
It was because of an illness that I saw my chains and longed for freedom.

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1

It was because of an illness that I hear God’s voice more clearly.
It was because of an illness that I realized I never understood the gospel to my core.
It was because of an illness that I stopped defining myself by my career.

"God does not judge by external appearance" - Galatians 2:6

It was because of an illness that I pretend less and less that I am okay.
It was because of an illness that I am able/forced to let Christ live through me while I am not strong enough.

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." - Galatians 2:20

It was because of an illness that I know to Whom I belong.
It was because of an illness that I have a greater understanding of spiritual warfare.
It was because of an illness that I have slowly reached out and allowed people to help me.

"The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other." - Galatians 5:14-15

It was because of an illness that I have started to release pent-up pain.
It was because of an illness that I pay attention to my pain.
It was because of an illness that I realized my joy was everywhere but in Christ.

"What has happened to all your joy?" - Galatians 4:15

It was because of an illness that I am not afraid to ask God questions.
It was because of an illness that I give my sins less power by confessing them to others.

"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." - Galatians 6:2

It was because of an illness that I know my body.
It was because of an illness that I am educated in health.
It was because of an illness that I am my body’s greatest advocate.
It was because of an illness that I realized how little I understood unconditional love.

"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." - Galatians 5:6

It was because of an illness that I have time to share what God is teaching me.
It was because of an illness that I am learning to be myself.
It was because of an illness that I am letting God shift my priorities.
It was because of an illness that I am sometimes able to believe that God has a purpose for me greater than anything I imagined.

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for a the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9

It was because of an illness that I know how important it is to grieve.
It was because of an illness that I long for my heavenly home.
It was because of an illness that I may be able to help others through similar circumstances.
It was because of an illness that I glorify God.
It was because of an illness that God is preaching the gospel through me.

"It was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you." - Galatians 4:13

And on this day, when I wanted nothing to do with one more single minute of this life I’m currently living, my eye caught the picture of this verse hanging in front of me. And it was because of God’s grace that He allowed me to thank Him for it… perhaps through gritted teeth, but nevertheless… because of this illness, I praise Him.

Song I’m feeling: Beautiful, Beautiful, by Francesca Battistelli

“Don’t know how it is You looked at me and saw the person that I could be
Awakening my heart, breaking through the dark, suddenly Your grace

Like sunlight burning at midnight making my life something so beautiful, beautiful
Mercy reaching to save me, all that I need, You are so beautiful, beautiful

Now there’s a joy inside I can’t contain but even perfect days can end in rain
And though it’s pouring down, I see You through the clouds shining on my face

I have come undone but I have just begun changing by Your grace”

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Author: Karina Baker

Hello, my dear friends! Glad to see you here. Thank you for reading about my beautiful rubble - my struggles with life, faith, and autoimmunity. Feel free to share your stories in the comments. My love and prayers to all of you!

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