• Julie Busler

Purpose in Pain

A few days ago, my daughter saw me after school and said “You look sad, mom. Like you’re really tired.”

And yes, Clementine, I have been tired.

When I allow physical weariness to interfere with my hard-fought for habit of starting my day off renewing my mind in Scripture, there is a visible difference in my countenance.

This morning, however, the Spirit reminded me to get up and do the next right thing before my kids needed to wake up for school - start my day with Jesus who is my source of abundant life no matter my circumstances.

My Bible reading plan had me in John today and as I read the account of the death of Lazarus, new vigor ran through my weary body.

“When Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness will not end in death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”” John‬ ‭11:4‬

Your sickness as a follower of Jesus is no new thing. The beloved ones of Christ have been called to faithfully follow Him regardless of their physical circumstances long before you were born and will continue even after you’re gone. There is Kingdom purpose in your pain. Accepting that the darkest struggles in our lives are allowed by God’s providence liberates us from anger and unbelief. If your mind or body has not been healed yet, find comfort that God’s timing is perfect, and your endurance, faith, and contentment in the sickness, is a greater conduit of God’s glory then your bodily perfection might be.

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