God Never Wastes Our Pain
There I was exhausting every means of avoiding. Hiding. Running. Anything I could do not to stare at the face of the unknown right before me. I had become weary and ran out of excuses of why I couldn’t just be still. I was broken, afraid and backed into a dark corner. I didn’t want to go where God was leading—it was going to be too painful. It was easier to stay busy so I wouldn’t have to go through the unbearable. Then I looked up and realized I had nowhere to else to go.
Have you ever been in that place? Broken? Afraid? Backed up into a corner with nowhere to go but look up or reach out? God was trying to get my attention in a big way and I was being a stubborn child. He had orchestrated everything up until this moment and asked me, “Will you take my hand? Or will you keep running?” In that dark corner, He made my options crystal clear. Was I going to allow fear to dictate my choices and responses? Or was I going to allow God to lead me through this fiery furnace?
What God was asking of me, didn’t make sense—it would surely be the end of me.
Then I could hear God’s whispers. “Be strong and courageous, do no be afraid; Do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
This is what I love about the loving kindness of Jesus, He’s so tender in our fragile moments. In the corner of the darkness, I heard God say “I know what I’m asking you to do is hard and painful but I am your Heavenly Father who loves you very much. I know what you need. I promise you, I will be right here with you, holding your hand every step of the way. I will never let go.”
I made a deal with God that day. I promised I would fully completely surrender to Him and be obedient in what He was asking me to do—if He would please spare me from the burden that eyes should never see and hearts should never feel.
God is so faithful. He always keeps His promises. God asked me to let go of what I was holding onto so tightly, to make room for His unsurpassed peace and joy. Only then was I able to be filled with His abundance. God is with us every step of the way—He never lets go.
I was reminded there is no pain without a purpose. God does not allow pain and suffering without something new being born.
“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” John 16:21 NIV
No amount of suffering or pain can ever take away the greatest blessing of a baby being born. No one says “that was way too much pain, please take the baby back.” The reward of the baby born into the world, is far greater than any suffering.
Oh how we don’t like to suffer.
“Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? ……Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery? says the LORD. Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery? says your God.” Isaiah 66:7-9 NIV
Just like a nation cannot be born in one day, nor does a baby come before the labor. To remove our trials, is to remove our greatest blessing God is producing within us. God never wastes our pain. He produces within us a greater blessing that far outweighs anything we go through.
Our trials require courageous faith, obedience and trust in God (Prov. 3:5). When we do, we receive the most glorious reward of the cross.
Taking steps of courageous faith, move us towards God’s greater plan. If we aren’t obedient in our faith, we miss out on the greatest blessings God has in store for us.
I promise God doesn’t allow suffering without something better and greater being born. He does not bring forth the moment of birth and then not give delivery. He transforms our pain into something beautiful. Be strong and courageous, God is with us! (Joshua 1:9)
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Very good blog post.Much thanks again.
Have you ever gone through something painful and God turned it into something better?
I went through something beyond heartbreaking— ending up literally giving birth to my daughter who would only have 1 parent. For years I focused on her and going back to school until a few years later, when what we thought it was a blessing from God for everything I (we) had gone through and trying to be obedient to Him, it was even worse than the previous pain. Bad was replaced with worse and this time around, two lives were brought to pieces. It has been 1 1/2-2 yrs since and I’m still trying to pick up the pieces (w/ therapists x 2, issues worse than before, way less hope, drive and motivation) and the more I have attempted to “come closer to Him”, the more distant He has seems and the less hope any of this will ever turn around.
I feel as the only reason for Him orchestrating a LOT was to “pseudo-blessing us” years back was to give a good testimony to a few people before allowing everything be destroyed to dust and leaving me with more to handle and hurt for.
Mayra I am so sorry for your hurt and pain. I am not going to pretend that I have all the answers, because I don’t. The suffering of this world can be so heavy and hopeless. But there is hope in Jesus. There is no pain or suffering he doesn’t know or hasn’t gone through. We may not understand why but we don’t have to. Whatever you’re going through God has the pathway to our healing. He is the source of our joy. Just because bad things have happened in our lives doesn’t mean God left us or doesn’t care. It means he knows what we need. Don’t lose hope, God loves you trust and depend in Him he has you.
Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately hope has already been lost.
Mayra I am so sorry for what you are going through, it must be devastating. I want to encourage you hope is never lost no matter how far gone or devastating our situations are. The enemy would like us to believe our situations are hopeless. The same God who made the mountains is the same God who can move them, the same God who turns ashes into beauty, death into life, sorrow into joy, dry bones into armies, graves into gardens, mountains into highways, mourning into dancing. The very thing that is the cause of our downfall is the very thing God will use to lift us back up. God loves you and sees you. He cares about what you are going through.