Precious Pain

Perspective is everything. I see that more and more. I came across Psalm 90:15 this morning which says, “make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble.” What? Moses is believed to have written this. Think about what he saw. We immediately think of all the miracles but think about the frightening circumstances he often found himself in…going up against those who raised him, his hiding in the desert when he killed a man, then leading God’s chosen the long way to their promise of the Promised land. In all the hardships and heartaches, his faith never waivered. Through it all, he saw God, listened to Him and chose to walk on, believing what he heard God say.

Remember he was a man, a flesh and blood person just like you and I. He wasn’t a made up super hero.

As he reached the end of his journey (it’s also worth noting he only saw the promise from the outside!) he asked God for the blessing of making them glad for as many days as they had been afflicted. He didn’t review all the pain,  fear and hurt. He knew the pain was going to be worth it. We should too.

Had you not been through what you have, there’s no doubt you wouldn’t know what you know about your Heavenly Father. Doesn’t that make it all worth it? I think so!

Thank God this life isn’t the end of our story. Our eternity with Him will be beyond what our minds can comprehend. Yes Lord, give us the perspective that our pain here is precious and opens avenues through which we come ever closer to You, Your love and Your provision for us.

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It HAS Been Worth It

You need to know that none of what you’ve been through is in vain. You’ve struggled, cried, prayed, won, lost, and you’ve got the scars to prove it. You thought about throwing in the towel but you didn’t. You kept moving forward, sometimes with lots of tears and pain. Still you kept moving. You’re not there yet but you’ve come a long way…

Why did it all happen? Isaiah 43:10-13 that’s why. You wouldn’t know what you know…or WHO you KNOW had it happened any differently. So. For it all be thankful, the good and bad. What you’ve gained in your soul no one can take away. There now. See? It really has been worth it. Really.