Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. 2 Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory. 3 And that’s not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, 4 which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness. 5 And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love. Romans 5:1-5
If my husband and I have learned nothing else in our journey with chronic pain, it would be to understand the plot of the caregiver. We learned how an illness can be so demanding on the family and caregiver.
Maybe we don’t realize that the caregiver continues to fulfill his/her own responsibilities while also caring for the loved one. On top of this, they likely have taken on the responsibilities of the ill person. And don’t forget the added pressures of medical bills.
All these things were issues in my case.
Even with a loving church that did so much to help out. The days became long and tiring. Many times emotions were high. Many days were lonely and long. We certainly learned the viewpoint of the caregiver. M husband and I learned to empathize rather than sympathize. We learned to respect them and maybe give them the benefit of the doubt much more often in other areas of their lives.
With every trial, there is something to learn.
The goal is to allow God, through the trial,
to help you grow in a positive way.
If nothing else; maybe through the trial,
God will be praised.
Maybe Jesus will shine through our lives
and others will praise God.
We may not see the “why”
until we are face to face with Jesus.
But it will be worth it all.
Feeling your Pain;
Next Topic : It’s All in Your Head
I’m linking up with Tuesday at Ten today using the prompt Learn. I posted these thoughts last year in my “Waiting and Trust God” series over on my Family Blog. Thinking it is appropriate here since I’ve been posting about fibromyalgia.