For the past year, my wife’s been in chronic pain. At some point, damage was done to her sciatic something (can you tell I’m not a doctor?), and at times she’s barely able to walk. She’s in her late 20’s, and yet she wishes she had a walker or cane. This situation is frustrating, for both of us, although I think it’s safe to say that it’s more frustrating for her.

Do you know how hard it is to be a mom of young kids when you can’t move very well? She can’t run. She can barely bend down. It’s a really tough situation.

Yet, even in the midst of her pain, I’ve seen Rebecca show tremendous perspective and courage. Do you know what she told me the other day?

“I don’t think my doctor is a Christian, and I think God may have me going through all of this so I can show him and his staff God’s love.”

If I were in the same situation, I don’t know that I would have that same perspective. What a great example of intentional Christianity–that even painful situations provide an opportunities to live out our faith.

even painful situations are opportunities to live out our faith

Don’t get me wrong. My wife gets discouraged sometimes. She’s in pain ALL the time, and sometimes–as it should–that pain leads to frustration. And maybe you’re in a situation like that right now. If you’re not, chances are that you will experience a painful and troublesome situation at some point in 2017. I want to share a few thoughts with you that I read and found to be encouraging. That way, when you find yourself in a tough situation this year, you might also be encouraged…

Charles Spurgeon, in his devotional titled: Morning and Evening begins his morning devotional on January 6th with the following verse:

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Did you catch that? God cares for you. When we’re in painful situations, God feels our pain. When we’re stressed out, God empathizes with us. When life seems overwhelming, God is quick to help us carry our burdens.

Obviously this doesn’t mean that we won’t worry, feel pain or be stressed out, but it does mean that we’re not on our own. It means that God is willing to take those things off our plates because he loves us–he loves you.

“Do not dishonor your faith by always wearing a look of concern.” ~ Spurgeon

do not dishonor your faith by always wearing a look of concern

The key to this quote is in the word: always. We should not ALWAYS wear a look of concern, because God is here to help us carry our burdens. Obviously we will sometimes worry about things. Even my wife, a woman of great perspective, gets frustrated by pain. But more often than not, her face does not show concern, but confidence that God is in control.

She is 100% confident, that regardless of the pain she’s experiencing or the trouble she’s dealing with, that God still loves her and cares about her. Spurgeon puts it this way,

“God loves you as much in seasons of trouble as in times of happiness.”

Here’s my prayer for my wife and for you: May God give you the peace and faith to know that he will take care of your situation. May he give you the perseverance to deal with pain, and the courage to use your pain for his glory. And, most importantly, may he give you confidence in his love and care for you.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

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