I debated writing this post.
If not for any other reason, it’s this….transparency is not easy!
And it’s especially not easy when our situation is still fresh or ongoing. Most times we are more inclined to share when we have gone through our experience and come out the other end victorious.
But, even just making the decision to share in struggles somehow has the power to be comforting. Though this post is not about full disclosure, I felt lead to share this much.
No one wants to feel pain!!
As a Registered Nurse, I know it’s common knowledge that pain is usually a signal that something is wrong. But as a child of God, I am finding that pain sometimes signal that some things need to be made right in our life.
Really both these statements mean the same thing, yet I choose to see the latter as having an underlying hope that is missing in the first. And oh boy! When we journey through pain, whether physical or emotional, do we ever need hope!!
Pain has a way of crippling us, sometimes bringing us to our knees. And I don’t mean in prayer. In the face of unbearable, gut wrenching, tear jerking “I can’t see my way out of this” pain, our tendency is to shut down and shut out. Isolate and go into hiding because our circumstance hurts too much.
In moments like these, hope can seem scarce even non-existent. But I am here to encourage you that while I still journey through, I realize there is hope.
According to Tim Keller,
“Suffering (pain) is unbearable if you aren’t certain that God is for you and with you.”
That is how I know there is hope. Because in the moments when I have been tempted to believe the lies of the enemy that I’m alone, that the pain will never end or that my situation can not change, God echoes His truth above the lies. And we can hear his truths when we purpose to read his word and seek his face in prayer and more prayer. Even in the pain – especially in the pain.
Such it was on this particular morning. The day presented dark, cold and rainy, typical weather for this time of the year. To be honest, it was a reflection of how I had been feeling at the beginning of this journey. Yet, as I glanced across my backyard, something caught my attention.
A lone white flower on a plant that had stopped blooming since mid summer! HOPE alive despite the harsh elements around it. Through this random flower, God spoke to my heart and reminded me “You are not alone. I am right here with you.” A sweet reminder of his presence, his grace and his faithfulness.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9
God allows and use pain to get our attention.
I believe just as how physical pain is a signal that there could be something wrong with our body, God allows us to experience emotional pain as a signal to let us know some things just need to be made right. Yes, I repeated it because I strongly believe it. God wants us whole and complete in him, free from bondage and defeat. He wants to help us lose the baggage, break free from the shackles and live victorious lives. Sometimes this transformation comes no other way but through pain.
“There is a purpose to (pain) and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.” Tim Keller
I found hope when I allowed my pain to drive me to my knees, in prayerful pursuit of God. And hope brought peace when I read and accepted God’s word as truth.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
I felt peace when I made the decision to release to the Father what I no longer had control over. And I am holding close to my heart these words from Romans 8:28
“In all things God works together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
His peace in my heart is giving me strength.
“So do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
So dear friends, I am here to encourage you that no matter what you are walking through, God has the power to change your circumstance. But until He does, you can allow him to fill your heart with his hope, his peace and his strength.
I have great confidence that he is working in our situations even now and no matter what, he is working it out for our good. I am choosing to trust the Father and have hope in the midst of my situation. Will you join me and trust him too, for you?
Come on dear friends, let us journey together by faith today. God bless you!