Divine assurance for those in pain and struggling

by | October 15, 2012

I watch it happen and my heart stops.

I am upstairs looking out the window onto the street.

My seven-year-old daughter, Libby, comes tearing down the street on her Razor scooter.

Her front tire hits a rock and her scooter stops cold.

She does not stop.

And when she comes up screaming, my gut tells me it’s going to be bad.

I bolt and streak down the stairs and barrel out the door.

She is holding her left arm and howling. One look and I know.

We jump into the car and race to the hospital.

The whole ride there, she wails that she can’t take it anymore, frantically pleads with me to make it stop.

She is not the only one crying in agony.

I would give anything to take her pain.

That happened just a week and a half ago. Now, flash back three months ago.

I am lying in a strange bed, alone and acutely lonely, at six o’clock in the morning, writhing in pain from a herniated disc in my back. I haven’t slept all night, nor will I sleep more than two hours a night for the next month.

I am 165 miles away from my family at a friend’s house, a chiropractor who is helping me with therapy.

I beg my Father to make it stop. Through sobs, I tell Him I can’t take it anymore.

The pain torments me for two bed-ridden months before I am forced to get surgery.

Through the whole agonizing ordeal, I wonder if there’s anyone watching me, who knows what I’m going through and who cares.

libbyAnd as I helplessly watch my precious little girl bawling in a hospital bed, so afraid and in so much pain, I know.

This I know: We have a Father in Heaven who knows us better than we know ourselves. He loves us, cares for us, cherishes us, agonizes over us more than we can comprehend.

He knows the most intimate details of our lives. He understands what we’re going through.

His heart breaks when He sees us in pain. He would take it for us, but He knows that we need it to make us strong, wise, compassionate. And He wants us to fully understand and experience joy — the joy that can only be known when we have also known suffering.

Through all our challenges and trials, we can know with absolute certainty that He is watching over us, He will come to our aid, He will give us strength and hope to endure.

And we can trust that He will make it all better.

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