Thankful?

 

 David, a 2-year old with leukemia, was taken by his mother, Deborah, to Massachusetts General      Hospital in Boston, to see Dr. John Truman who specializes in treating children with cancer and various blood diseases. Dr. Truman’s prognosis was devastating: “He has a 50-50 chance.” The countless clinic visits, the blood tests, the intravenous drugs, the fear and pain–the mother’s ordeal can be almost as bad as the child’s because she must stand by, unable to bear the pain herself. David never cried in the waiting room, and although his friends in the clinic had to hurt him and stick needles in him, he hustled in ahead of his mother with a smile, sure of the welcome he always got. When he was three, David had to have a spinal tap–a painful procedure at any age. It was explained to him that, because he was sick, Dr. Truman had to do something to make him better. “If it hurts, remember it’s because he loves you,” Deborah said. The procedure was horrendous. It took three nurses to hold David still, while he yelled and sobbed and struggled. When it was almost over, the tiny boy, soaked in sweat and tears, looked up at the doctor and gasped, “Thank you, Dr. Truman, for my hurting.” ~ 

Monica DickensMiracles of Courage, 1985.

 

 

Do we thank God for our testing? For our pains?

God not only knows everything that’s taking place in our lives, but he is also deeply touched when something bad happens to us. The Bible says that Christ was “a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering” (Isaiah 53:3).

But why does God feel this way when we’re going through hard times? The reason is because he loves us and cares about us. God isn’t indifferent to our hurts; He loves us! And just as you hurt when someone you love is hurting, so God — in a far greater way — is hurt when we are hurting.

But God not only loves us, he wants to help us and encourage us when hard times come. This is why we can turn to him in prayer, and trust every situation into his hands. Sometimes he answers our prayers by taking away the burden we’re carrying. But even if that doesn’t happen, he is still with us, and he’ll give us the strength we need to see us through the hard times. The Bible says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).

God tests us so we can experience victory. He walks in faith and believes we will win every  test. He is like a proud parent who tells their child to “Go out there and show them what you can do,” expecting them to win.

 

God allows us to enter into faith combat so we can see His deliverance and victory over our adversary. As we are faithful where we are (the test), God will give us a larger sphere of responsibility and His grace will always sustain us, no matter what.

2 Corinthians 12:7-12   Jesus says, “MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, for MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT in  WEAKNESS”…Paul says—”Therefore I take Pleasure in Infirmities, in Reproaches, in Needs, in Persecutions, in Distresses, for Christ’s sake. For WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG.”

 Understanding the nature of God … “If it hurts, remember it’s because He loves you” … we can then say, thank you Jesus for our pain, for our hurts.. we offer them up at the foot of Your throne.

 

 

 

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