Dec 192014

I have been struggling a lot lately with pain because of an injured back and I know that it is Satan trying to wear me out, wear me down and win me over because after all, why would someone continue to believe in a God who allows for such pain?

John 10:10 ESV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Yet I am pulling closer to God with each pain medication, with each twitch that makes me cry out. My body is deteriorating but my soul is expanding and the love I have for God is ever growing in big ways.

Even when I am feeling sorry for myself and wondering if I am a lost cause I know that I am not lost in the eyes of God. I am being humbled by the pain and carried evermore to His kingdom through His unconditional love, His blood sacrifice.

And, I can’t help but be grateful because He didn’t have to come down as an infant and He definitely didn’t have to be born in a stinking barn because there was no room for Him anywhere else, because after all, God could have created room in the highest place, a place fit for a king but instead He arrived as a member of the lowest of the low and He reached across and touched the sick, healed the blind, broke bread with the outcasts, befriended the thief, the prostitute, all so that everyone could feel as though He genuinely understands the pains of the world, all so our faith in Him would grow because He understands suffering, being broke, pain, sin, illness and more.

He came to save you and me and everyone in between.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.


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