It’s very early and I’m sitting in my office with just one small light on. It’s still dark outside. But there’s a light fog in the air that makes the blackness outside seem almost gray, which is the perfect color for this blog post.
The Gathering has created ripples in this country. It has opened regions, people have gotten profoundly touched personally, and hope was injected into many lives. God is surely the Creator of this immense movement.
As the Holy Spirit has moved and plans are being made for a very busy 2023 for our ministry, satan had his own strategies. And as we speak, he has given my family another devious blow. A new pain to deal with has pierced this mother’s heart. And as I sit here writing this through tears, I beseech God for the solution only He can give.
I love my family. Dennis is my soul mate and my kids are my heart. And we’ve all lived through so much that we could fill 10 lifetimes with the experiences. Serving God is not easy and He knows how much we and our family have sacrificed over the decades. I would do it all again just to hear Him say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant” but I would be amiss if I didn’t say it was painful.
Pain appears over 70 times in scripture. It’s ironic that the first place we see it is in Genesis when God told the woman, “I will greatly multiply for your pain in childbirth; in pain you will bring forth children.” Adam and Eve had sinned and this was one of the consequences of the sin committed. Thanks Eve.
Although pain is just as its name, painful, it provides a supernatural opportunity to experience the grace of God and observe how His power is perfected in our weakness. God is always at work in us to produce us to be transformed into His image and likeness. Also, pain in our bodies indicates something is wrong. It’s an indicator and many times can save our lives.
I’ve learned over the years, that when pain has “purpose” it’s easier to endure, just like the pain in childbirth. Although it is excruciating, that bundle of joy that is brought into the world, makes every pain worth it.
Our pain is not the end of our story.
Paul said in Romans, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Basically he meant that if we know something better is coming, we can endure more and with more grace. It’s always easier getting God’s eternal perspective and His ascended vision when experiencing a profound pain.
As I finish this blog for today, the sun has come up and the room is filled with light.
That is our Father in heaven.
In our pain, He will fill us with hope for a future and use it all for your good! I have to especially remember that today. Because when you’re a mom, you rather suffer than see your family in pain.
God sees us and he knows every detail of our pain. He is aware of the plan of the enemy to rob our joy, our faith, and our life. He comprehends the deep anguish we feel and cares deeply.
Just remember…God never wastes our pain. And from the time we were all formed in our mother’s womb, until we see him face-to-face, we were never out of His sight. Our pain is His pain.
Let’s together, give our pain to the lover of our souls and watch Him work in all of our situations. Love deeply, care bountifully, and live beautifully.
Have a blessed day.