Day 21 of 40 Days of Grace – How Pain Can Be Transformed
Day 21 – I was thinking about chronic pain today—hold on a minute—I know that doesn’t sound like a blessing, but it’s been on my mind lately. Sometimes what is part of sin’s curse and brings suffering is a conduit of grace in disguise.
My chronic physical pain isn’t bad. I experience the minor wear and tear everyone else does. And I deal with back pain, because of the difference of length in my legs. Most days I have little discomfort and I keep exercising to minimize the symptoms.
Then there’s the chronic pain of deep emotional hurts, things I don’t feel free to write about here, but the Lord knows all about them. On Easter Sunday as I worshipped freely, lifting hands as I celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus in song. Right there I had an epiphany. It was one of those things my head knew, but I don’t always feel in my heart. Suddenly there was thankfulness in my heart that He’d allowed these hurts in my life. I could truly thank Him that I had experienced these things that brought me closer to Him, to know that Jesus is sufficient. He alone is Who I should depend on and I loved Him more deeply for it.
Don’t get me wrong, just as I wouldn’t have asked to experience my life’s trials, such as my four miscarriages, losing my brother and parents, losing a job, or watching my husband go through the excruciating pain of falling off the roof, I wouldn’t ask for my present difficulties. Yet there were many precious experiences that came out of, for example, the difficult time of my husband’s accident for our whole family. God seemed closer, He was sufficient, and we were closer to Him and one another.
The Lord told us we would have trials. What does it take for me? For you? To trust His plans and purposes for us are good even in the hard times, to know He is always enough?
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him . . . (Job 13:15, KJV)
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