Jesus said that while we’re on earth, there would be trouble. Pain. Suffering.
Every one of us will be wounded.
So why does God allow all these bad things to happen to us? Sometimes pain is a consequence of sin. I heard a pastor say once “Choose to sin, choose to suffer”. And we sometimes have to deal with the consequences when those around us sin. But sometimes, there is more to it than that.
I’ve discovered that God uses pain to teach us lessons that only suffering can teach, lessons we would never learn any other way.
During my ‘marriage crisis’ that I’ve discussed in previous posts, God showed me a picture of Jesus fixing my broken heart, taking the slivers and slowly melding it back together.
But I noticed something interesting; I realized that He never reached down to pick the pieces up off the floor – He waited for me to hand them to Him.
In that moment I understood what He wanted from me. He cannot take what I will not give. Rather than resisting or resenting, I must accept my brokenness and hand over the hurt a little at a time.
Brennan Manning said “To think that the natural and proper state is to be without wounds is an illusion“.
In this sinful world, we will always have wounds; it’s part of what makes us human and separates us from a holy, perfect God. To really live the abundant life, we have to accept our wounds when they come and let Him heal us.
God uses long-term pain and suffering to make us into the people He designed us to be.
And when we’ve worked through the hard stuff and allowed Him to heal us and make us stronger, we will never want to go back to that person we were before.
I’m learning to embrace my brokenness. Because without wounds, why would I need Him?