Looking back at my life, I feel great appreciation for the journey that has become of it. To know that all things have worked out for my good. To know that God has been in control all through. He still is!
I am a testimony of God’s never ending mercy and sufficient grace. Through the despair, the anxiety and most of all the pain. Pain of hurting from strangers and loved ones alike. Pain that has now become a place I recall for the purpose of drawing lessons and remain deeply grateful that I am who I am today because of it. That pain!
Knowing oh so well that it was the pain that increased my faith. It was the pain that refined me for my next level of glory. It was the pain that led me closer to my Heavenly Father.
That pain led to great and deep connections to people that held my hand through the darkness. People that have become great companions and source of wise counsel 😇
Am forced to recall the labour pains during child delivery which was a punishment to Eve for disobedience at the Garden of Eden. Painful toil and sweat was for Adam. Despite the pain that comes from both, if persevered with the right attitude and application of right procedures, blessings are what come forth!
It is never easy to perceive this during the season itself. Ask me, I know. But remembering that we go through the fire not because God does not love us but because He has good thoughts for us and great plans ahead. Doesn’t make sense right? Again, I admit that it is truly hard to accept and even understand at times, if not most.
I recall the story of Job in the Bible who lost all his wealth, family and friends. I imagine the loneliness and sense of loss anyone of us would feel if we were to go through such moments.
One major factor that pulled me through is the people around me. I had people that prayed with me and many a times prayed for me when it was difficult for myself to do so. God used them to speak greatly in my life.
This post is for those in pain with no one around to help them through their dark season. This is to let you know that Jesus Christ of Nazareth can be closer than a brother. He is the Great Comforter and the Prince of Peace. He is a faithful High Priest who can empathize with our weaknesses.
He can bind up your broken heart, free you from captivity and release you from every darkness. He can bestow upon you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, pour the oil of gladness instead of mourning and a give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
Won’t you please allow our All Knowing God to finish the good work He has began in you. Many a sermons we have heard that the pain will go away tomorrow. This is indeed true. It will go away. Please feel free to call me a prophet of doom, but maybe the pain will not end tomorrow.
Maybe you just need to stay in the fiery furnace just a little while longer for a true diamond to come out of you🤔🙏
And maybe our prayer should be to ask God for strength and grace to persevere so that we may grow into what He envisions of us. May He help you understand the purpose of your pain and give you strength to hold on. All for the glory of His name!