One thing I know for sure, everyone experiences pain. Everyone experiences hurt. At some point in our lives, we all have to go through distressful situations leaving us wounded and scarred. Not sure what I’m talking about? Don’t worry. Keep living. It’s coming. Pain is inevitable. A disheartening truth but, in fact, truth it is. A painstaking reality, leaving you with agony so deep, it may feel as if a huge lump is in your throat BUT there is good to the bad… positive to the negative… light to the darkness. I can tell you now, it will not feel good but I can assure you the pain will not be in vain.
Let’s look at it this way. I remember when I initially began working out with a trainer (very short-lived, might I add). In the beginning, it was excruciating. I was pushed to the limit during my workouts, to the point that I wanted to cry, I literally got sick to my stomach (I’ll spare you the details), and I undoubtedly wanted to quit. I thought the very first workout was the hardest, but I had no idea the WORST pain was laying ahead. The aftermath was much worse. After one session with my trainer, I fell into bed ready to relax and rest my muscles. Little did I know, the next morning when I woke up I would barely be able to move. The pain was indescribable. Slowly, I got out of bed attempting to engage my normal daily routine, struggling to make each movement. Step by step, the pain intensified becoming more unbearable. I had no other choice but to endure, hoping and praying the pain would subside. Weeks passed. Something changed. After consistently exercising, not only did I notice my muscles strengthened, I also realized I had more knowledge of how to prepare for the workouts to come.
Interesting, isn’t this the same way God deals with us in our emotional and spiritual growth? God puts us through tests and trials to help us grow and mature. Withstanding the process may be difficult. It may be painful, but as time goes on, we grow day by day, constantly evolving into the person God created us to be. You see, I had to push through the pain of the workouts. If I had quit when I wanted to, I never would have persevered to see the glory.
One of my favorite scriptures reads, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” So much can be captured in this short passage; a message so encouraging when put into proper perspective. There’s one concept I want you to grasp in particular. In this passage the word patience refers to maturity. God is cultivating you into the BEST you that you can be.
Let’s look at the verse again:
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces maturity. But let maturity have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Put your pain into perspective. There is a purpose for your pain. Be patient in the process, trusting that God knows exactly what He is doing. My love, never forget God has your back!
Trust the process,