I truly believe in my heart of hearts that there isn't any correlation between the pain that many of us bear and the glorious future that awaits us! I also believe that this world itself can hardly wait for the coming shift and changes that will soon occur.
All of creation is being prepared for God to rein in that moment of the magnificent age ahead of us. Meanwhile, our worship, praises and prayers, and the joyful anticipation deepens within our souls.
If we look at Jesus, we know He was perfect, right? Well Jesus was also a "Man of Sorrows and Acquainted with Grief." (Isaiah 53:3) You might think this to be a dismal and foreboding subject, but my friend this is not so.
Yes, our Savior suffered and died, but that agony is over, even Jesus said, "It is finished!" (John 19:30) Jesus had accomplished His mission and looking back we see the sacred triumph, fully knowing the victory has been won.
In His sorrows he felt the sadness of this world, he was able to recognize our heartaches, miseries and mourning! And, for this very reason alone, the things that happened inside his own pain and agonies, is what gives us the "Joy of Our Lord!"
Our joy doesn't come after we've grieved or after our weeping and intense pain, our "Joy is in Jesus" because He is with us in the midst of sickness, torment and trouble. We are able to praise Him simply because He understands exactly what we are going through and what we are feeling!
Our sowing in tears is celebrated in the "Joy of Knowing Jesus" and as we enter into the fellowship of His very own
sufferings. Aware that our Lord and Savior feels our weaknesses and our frailties is a comfort that comes with having a personal relationship with Him!
Jesus carried our pain, He prayed for us in the Garden of Gethsemane, then He died on a cruel cross for our pains, our deformities and everything that was wrong with us! The fact is, it was our sins that ripped and tore, even crushed Him --- our sins!!
Jesus took the punishment that made us whole and we are healed through His bruises and the stripes on His back. Our joy, our hope lies in this "Man of Sorrows" because He has a purpose and a plan for all our pain.
My prayer is, "Dear Lord, I have so many friends who are going through severe trials. I ask you to please give them your peace, strength and the courage to keep going. When they are discouraged give them hope and when they are afraid, give them your peace that passes understanding.
And, Lord please give me the strength to endure my pain and the ability to handle the auto-immune diseases that bring terrific pain. Help me to find the lessons and the blessings you have for me in every circumstance I am facing. I also ask for endurance to do your will and to continue to serve you! Lord, I love you and ask that nothing I go through will keep me from always loving you! I thank you for your presence and keeping me in your loving arms. I ask this all in Jesus precious name. Amen!
Keep going friends... Our God is Always Up to Something Good!!