I know that there is someone out in the WordPress blog land who is currently suffering. It may be mentally, emotionally or physically. Whichever one it is, you may not be receiving encouragement.
Sometimes, the process of encouragement is talking about the problem so to get the sufferer through it, one step at a time. I believe this is what Jesus did when He met the woman at the water well.
Recently, I was thinking about Job’s suffering, the boils that infested his body, and how he may have felt. I understand the puss which oozed from the boils stunk. Just take a moment and imagine his self image. Did you see it? Pain sufferers may have a low self esteem or think less of their image when going through their afflictions.
Then I thought about the Apostle Paul, the thorns in his flesh. I wondered what he took for pain. Oh, and what about Jesus. He bore all of our sicknesses. Can you imagine the nerve pain from degenerative disc disease or DDD, and the pain of cervical or pancreatic cancer that He endured on the cross—without taking an iota of medication or any pain relievers?
Yesterday, I had an ESI or epidural procedure. When the medicine was being inserted, in tears I moaned long and hard. It was very painful to undergo. So, the doctor asked if I wanted him to pause injecting the medicinal solution. Still moaning, I said yes. But, he did this about three times before the entire procedure was completed. Now think about it, Jesus didn’t once take a break receiving the pain of our afflictions. He didn’t have to take a short pause out of a 10 minute procedure or a breather from harsh whippings which were hours long because the pain was unbearable. Nope, the piercing and flogs to His body were endured nonstop.
In succession, the lady with the issue of blood for 12 long years… I wondered, why was it 12 years opposed to less than or more, that she suffered in agony? I imagined her pain and what meds she may have been taking. Who was her pain management doctor? Ummm.
I can only say that the same God who was there with those people are with those who suffer today. He’s with me and for me and likewise, you. In other words, He understands. I am a DDD sufferer, but more than a conqueror via overcoming by my testimonies and the blood of the Lamb. Do I constantly feel the pain and take meds? Of course, yes. Do I trust Father God for wholeness in my body? Yes, but by faith. He is my greatest encourager, and I desire that He be yours too. Don’t deny your sufferings. Rather, turn them over to a more than able Healer.
Perhaps this scripture will help you as it is helping me cope today:
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
I may not know your exact pain or what you may be suffering, but I do empathize. Hold on. Keep the faith, your change is going to come because this too shall pass. Much love sent your way!