No pain; no gain …

“I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” Revelation 21:3.4:

Four times my left shoulder froze and I endured physical therapy. There were times when the therapist prodded pulled, pressed, and twisted and shifted my arm that it brought tears to my eyes.  Sometimes when I really felt beaten up, I’d have to sit on a bench by the door and gain strength to walk to my car.

In Pastor Travis Hearn’s book, “Your But’s Too Big,” he said, “There’s never a pain in vain. and God wants you to use your hurts to help others. I want to tell you that I learned to avoid the pain of a frozen shoulder by swinging my arms while walking! So simple.

Travis continues, “There’s never a time in life when you’re closer to Christ than when you are in the middle of a crisis.” That’s when we ask God to take the pain away. Hearn suggests God may respond, “Travis, why would I take your pain away? I never have this much attention from you and spend so much time with you any other time.”

When in pain, think of Jesus who suffered pain for our sinful ways. There is no comparison.

Dear God, help us seek you in times of pain and blessings. 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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