A nurse told me that pain is my friend. I disagreed. Pain does not fit my definition of a friend. I do agree that pain has value. If we did not feel pain, we would not know something was wrong. I, like most, have had a measure of it in my life.
I felt the pain of rejection as a child. My marriage was not Christ centered in the beginning years. Because of that, I experienced pain of a failing marriage. I know the pain of fear when my child is suffering, and a doctor does not know the answer. I have experienced the heartbreak of losing someone to death.
God is love. He does not schedule bad things to happen to us. He does sometimes allow it to take place. During these trying times, God doesn’t want to just change our situation. He desires that we also change.
Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for our good to them that love God. All there means all. How can pain work for our good? I have heard many messages, read books, and heard prayers prayed about rejection, fear and failing marriages.
There is much power in the words when the person has come through these situations themselves. They speak with understanding and clarity. Pain teaches us a depth of compassion. We know better how to comfort and do warfare in prayer for others. Because of my past, I can relate better to the people I call “Who’s you?” than I can the “who’s who.” Did I enjoy the things I have learned from? Of course I did not.
I do enjoying seeing someone set free from despair. I find pleasure in seeing hope come alive and replace fear in others. The pain they feel is not foreign to me. Our church is going through a transition time. Transition means change. I am asking God to transition me. I want to become a more effective part of the body. Maybe you are suffering in an area right now. Find comfort in knowing that because God is good, you can trust Him through in this process. You can be assured that your situation will change. Allow God to strengthen, teach, and change you. The value in what you learn will be priceless.
~ Connie Robinson
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