Is Your Suffering Long?
Is Your Suffering Long?
Stephen A. Peterson
While on the job at the Reliant Living Center, an Intermediate Care Facility in Del City, Oklahoma, two of the workshop’s women employees discussed childbirth. One of the two women reported being a grandmother the other a young mother who had recently given birth to what she described as a healthy daughter. The younger woman was overheard to report having a long, very difficult labor period that was alleged to have lasted almost an entire day before her daughter was finally born. Although this young woman suffered the worst pain she had ever known, she reported hardly remembering the degree and level of pain when she was allowed to see and hold her daughter.
Since overhearing the conversation of the mothers, distant past and past present, a number of mothers who had long, difficult periods in the process of giving human life reported a similar response. Some even reported being overcome with immense happiness and joy knowing they were instrumental in the giving of life to their daughter or son.
During times when a person is going through long or extended periods of emotional, physical or spiritual pain and suffering, it might seem as though it will never end. Even when the best therapists are consulted, the strongest medicines are taken or a person prays for years attempting to eliminate what hurts, the problem persists. We question the skills of the therapist, the devotion of friends and loved ones, as well as the deity and omnipotence of God and His unconditional love.
Yet in the passage of time, when a person maintains their faith and is hopeful, and the difficulty has run its course, that said person generally reports feeling stronger and invigorated to such a degree that they are hardly able to remember the specific pain, problem or suffering that dominated their lives seemingly forever. If you are currently experiencing a period you think will never end, ask God, through prayer, to help you deal with what hurts you. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you that labor and are overwhelmed with heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Whatever hurts you, concerns you or is unsettling in your life, look to God first. Though your suffering is long and hard, He will NOT leave you comfortless. Humanity will. God won’t!
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