When Pain Surrounds You


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When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-13

This is one of the challenging days. 

I'm doing pretty well … but, I'm seeing so much pain in the lives of dear ones around me.

A very good friend's brother is in the hospital with complications after surgery.

So is one of my high school friends who is in guarded condition and on a respirator.

Once again, I am realizing how extremely mortal we are.

I am so feeling the pain of my husband's death right now.

As I read Facebook updates, I am reminded of all my husband went through.  I won't pretend it's easy.

I've another close friend who has a saying.

"Don't worry, Papa is in control."

How many times I've needed to remember that.

When things seem out of control.

God is still in control.

Some things … ok, many things, don't make sense to me.  I don't understand why so much pain flows through our lives.  

I think I have many pieces to the answer.

We grow through pain.

We live in a world fractured by sin.

We *are* mortal.

Yet, they are not always sufficient.  I know there has to be a better answer and I crave that answer. 

That is when the verse above comes into play. Particularly the words: For now …

Right now I don't understand.

I don't at all like the pain of my friends and their family members.

I wish I knew how to make it all go away.

I don't like the memories this is dredging up for me and for those around me as I ask for prayer in both situations.

That is when I feel God, Himself, is saying to me,

"Little one … I know it makes no sense to you.  I know you don't understand all the pain in the world.  Right now, you are not able to understand.  One day you will.  I have promised you …"

And I must be content with that.

God knows.

And, for now … that is enough.

As for my friends and their families?

Please pray for them.

Father God, I fail to understand so many things.  I pray for your mercy and grace for those who are in need today.  Grant a covering of your love for those who are in pain. Give relief or endurance.  Hold us all closely, Lord.  Help us to feel Your presence and Your comfort.  Amen and amen.

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