Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (New International Version)
Today, I felt useless. Completely and utterly useless. I had phone calls to make, problems to try to solve, and I was so wrapped up in emotion I felt frozen. I had no clue where to begin. I almost even wondered, why bother at all?
That is rare for me. But those days happen. In a phone conversation with someone who understands many of the challenges I face, the comment was made that those of us who have a spiritual connection, seem to endure better than those who try to walk this path alone.
That, I know to be true. I’ve watched others struggle with anger and pain as they try to make their way through the challenges handed to them. Those who have God to turn to, seem to be the ones who learn how to endure.
Yes, we all have our moments. (Days? Weeks?) But eventually, God draws us back. It takes a lot to handle chronic illnesses. It requires perseverance on our part. We have to keep going when we least feel like doing so. One foot in front of the other. One moment at a time.
It’s my belief that our challenges are our teachers and that we learn much from them. I think we do grown in endurance, perseverance, understanding, and love. We learn to relate to those who are hurting. We learn how to listen. We learn how to care in ways that those who don’t understand are not able to. We learn to comfort one another – sometimes by simply being there.
One of my favorite sayings comes from a movie “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.” While I’m don’t agree with a lot proposed in that movie, I have embraced this saying:
“There is more to us than surgeons can remove.”
There is so much more to us than this body we now dwell in. Sometimes, I lose sight of that. Sometimes I forget that the God of the universe is the very reason that I exist at all: that in Him I live and move and have my being. God always provides something to draw me back to that fact.
Did my problems go away? No – they still need work – but because of the love and care of others, I’m going in a better direction.
Beloved readers, never forget that a word to someone, a smile, a caring heart, a listening ear, may be the tool God uses to encourage another who is also walking this path.
We will, somehow, be comforted in all troubles. We just don't yet see how.
Father God, Thank you for the amazing ways in which you provide for us. Thank you for the connections you place around us, sometimes in the most unlikely places. Thank you for your love - and care - and comfort. Amen and amen.
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