Hello everyone! I hope your day is off to a great start! The other day…I was talking with someone, who had been facing a lot of pain in their life and as I was thinking about them; I was also thinking back to my own long life, of pain and heartache. You know…it’s not always easy for me to do the kind of work I do because I see people suffering so much and there is nothing that I can do personally but leave them in the hands of God.
It’s amazing how times like these can get so discouraging and lonely, as though we live in a world of our own and the only one we seem to connect with at the time, is the circumstance that is attached to us for the moment. We can find ourselves slowly falling into a pit of despair, where we find it difficult to get back out. We sit and wonder where God is and why we have to face these problems, in such a lonely state of mind.
I remember a time, when I was recovering from a knee surgery. Keith was at work and no one seemed to stop by for a visit or even call me. On this particular day, I was doing a few of the exercises that had been assigned to me by my physical therapist and as I was preparing to do them, I remember saying… “You know Lord…it’s bad enough that I have to go through so much pain and recovery time but to be alone makes it even worse.” Just after saying those words, the phone rang and someone had called to talk with me. From there, I thought to myself…wow God, you really work fast.
Moments like these helped me to see that God was still there for me; but I also learned through that time of recovery; that the quiet moments alone…became moments, when God was working one to one with me. You see…He was preparing my heart, for what He had called me to do. Isn’t it amazing how we don’t see it that way at the time?
You know…learning and growing; in the way that God longs for us to do is not always an easy task. It seems like we have to experience the growing pains before we actually grow spiritually. As each part of our heart is being prepared to step up a notch, there can be times, when the pain can make it seem like we will never reach the place, in which God is directing us. These moments can seem endless and tiresome but if we could just keep pressing on, we would come to see why God is allowing these difficult moments into our lives.
Today, you may feel like you’re either sitting on the sidelines of life or maybe you feel as if you will never see the light of day again. You may feel as though no one cares about you and the ones that were once close to you have now walked away. Let me encourage you today, to not get caught up in these moments because they will only take you further down; but instead, seek the purpose for these difficult moments…because God has a reason for everything we go through, otherwise He would be a defeated God.
Through my own long and drawn out moments of suffering, I came to see that these moments weren’t meant to become endless moments of needless suffering; but rather, these moments became God’s way of preparing my heart, so He could be seen through me, in a way that would bring hope to the one who seemed hopeless and alone.
As I look back on the lonely moments of affliction, I don’t see these moments in the way I once did because I have come to truly experience the purpose, for which God allowed these difficult moments into my life. Even though there were many quiet moments of pain and deep heartache…I thank God for the moments that led me straight to Him!
My prayer for you today; is that you will allow God to work through the pain…heartache and even the lonely moments you may be experiencing right now. Take the time to walk beyond the moment of affliction and connect with a God, who longs to do a great work, through these painful moments of your life.
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