I’ve spent significant amounts of time in my life feeling like a broken toy that was left behind, considered good only for the refuse heap. We all have glitches…broken places… some that may persist throughout our lives. There are times when I simply collapse into a pool of tears because from my point of view, I’m always ending up back at square One. Nevertheless, my heart and spirit know there is purpose in the agony that accompanies confusion, that which prepares for new avenues of growth. Jesus promised peace to us in the power of His overcoming: “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
God has entrusted each one of us with different amounts and types of pain in life to empower and equip us with unique constellations of restorative gifts…fruits, if you will, to help someone else along their own path to joy. Do not waste the pain in your life! Instead, rejoice in the opportunities you are offered to grow in your trust in the Healer of us all. During military training, soldiers will often be told that pain is their friend; it lets them know they are still alive. They become stronger, smarter, more cunning in their work.
Whatever God restores, He makes stronger and more resilient. Agonies, sorrows, difficulties create opportunities for greater blessing and gifting for His glory. God wants us blessed in every way. His renovations make people and things better than they were in the first place. Time does not exist for God; He lives outside of time.
“Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten…” Joel 2:25
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18
I believe God desires us to practice mindfulness, awareness of the direction of our thoughts, especially concerning who we are, where we are going, and particularly HOW we are getting there. Jesus keeps telling me, “Whatever you’re not, I AM.” He reminds me that I need to set boundaries for my mind and heart. Comparing my calling, gifting, and shortcomings has no truth in it since we are all unique, called before the foundation of the world in Jesus. We are meant to have our mind, body, and spirit work together in tandem, holistically. Our thought life directs how well these parts cooperate. Within that structure is the mandate to go forward and be fruitful. He tells us that He wants to transform us in order to transcend these momentary pains and trials, birthing new life from us to others, to equip, heal, and give glory to Him. Are you feeling pregnant with changes?
“For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10