Why can’t the enemy of our souls figure out that his hateful attacks against Christians do not succeed? Ultimately, God turns it all around for good.
That is just what God did for me. Despite the suffering, my walk with the Lord only strengthened. He taught me much, changed me in ways needed and gave me some incredible blessings along the way.
Here are some of the lessons and blessings that resulted from the pain:
*Self-reliance ~ God knows how to get our attention. He knew that to weed out a stubborn reliance on my strength, I needed a loving dose of total dependence on Him. This one still tries to pop back up. Yet, apart From Him, I can do nothing.
*Priorities ~ Stripped of everything that I thought was important, I discovered that God is all I need. His grace is sufficient.
*Self-pity ~ It was easy to dwell on my pain, but I didn’t have to look very far to find someone with bigger problems. Everyone has tasted some form of suffering. Walk a mile in another person’s shoes.
*Prayerful Enduring ~ As an alternative to tossing and turning all night in pain, God taught me to endure by spending the time in prayer. The pain level did not always change, but in the process, God changed me. It is good for me to draw near to God.
*Compassion ~ Had I never plunged into the depths of pain, I might never have learned compassion for those hurting or understood how some succumb to addiction. At a critical juncture in my journey, God strengthened me to avoid pain medication dependency. But for the grace of God, there go I.
*Letting Go ~ Life as I once knew it is not the same. My lower back is better, but I now have serious struggles with my neck. While tempting to regret the things I can no longer do, with God’s help I let go of the past and remember all that I can do. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
*Loving Support ~ God blessed me with the most wonderful husband. I already knew that before I began my pain journey; however, he has proven his vow of in sickness and in health over and over and over… Without ever once complaining, or minding having to do housework, he has been a continual source of comfort and support. You are the wind beneath my wings.
*Comforting Goodness ~ Good in the midst of pain seems a contradiction. Those of us who know Him, though, attest that God’s goodness is all the sweeter in the midst of suffering. God is very good, all the time.
*Sharing Suffering ~ Although Scripture teaches that partaking in Christ’s suffering should bring rejoicing, I had never completely understood why until I reached my lowest. Even at its darkest, my pain was but a drop compared to what He endured on the cross. If by trusting Him in the midst of my pain I somehow shared in His agony, then it makes what I went through a blessed privilege, indeed.
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 1 Peter 4:13 ESV
I would like to thank my readers for your kind and encouraging words during this series. At a later date, I will post about another hurtful season in my life, but for now need a break from discussing pain.