Friday meditation moment: How much pain can you endure?

“Why, why this chronic pain, this ever worsening wound and no healing in sight? You’re nothing, God, but a mirage …” Jeremiah 15:18,19

The other day while checking to see if my apple pie was done, the oven door sprung back on my arm, leaving me with a second degree burn. It stung when the heat scorched my arm, but days later, the open wound continued to be very sensitive. I can only imagine what it would be like to sustain a burn over most of your body. The healing process would make anyone wonder if God cared.

Reading more of “Your Buts are Too Small,” Pastor Travis Hearn reminds us that in the Book of James, chapter one, we are to consider it a pure joy when we face trials because it tests our faithfulness to God and produces perseverance. This helps us mature as Christians. “Excuse me,” I say to myself, “I don’t need severe pain to be obedient to God. Give me a break!” I’m not happy about this slow-to-heal open sore on my arm. It does remind me I’m not in charge of the healing process and to wait for God’s amazing design of the body to heal itself.

Jeremiah doubted God’s existence, and God said, “Take back those words, and I’ll take you back.” No matter how frustrated we become with our situation—whether a body pain, emotional pain, or spiritual pain—God will stand by us and receive us into his loving care.

Lord, be present over all who are in pain today. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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