Devotion – God’s Love Letters Can Shine Through Any Pain

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Sometimes I struggle with knowing what I should and shouldn’t be doing. There are things I know I should do, but sometimes don’t think I have enough energy, or motivation for. I miss opportunities. Then there are things that I know I probably shouldn’t do, because they will aggravate how I feel, or take the energy I really need for something else. I know that I don’t always make the wisest choices or the right decisions.

Since illness has limited my life in many ways, I have tried to still find ways to do what God wants me to do, even if it may be a lot less than I felt called to do for Him before.

I recently came across a quote from Mother Teresa, that says: “We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is sending love letters to the world.”

I guess as someone who writes, the quote appealed to me, but as I thought about it, it is about so much more than my writing. This says that God is the one doing the writing, not me – I’m only the pencil He uses – but He uses us to show His love to the world.

In my correspondence with people and in writing these devotionals, I pray that I may be writing what God wants me to write, not just something that comes from me and my thoughts. There are times when I find myself telling someone something that I never thought I would, but at that time, it seemed that God wanted me to share it. I don’t always follow those promptings, but I’m trying more and more to be mindful of what God seems to want me to do. I want to chose to do what matters to God.

I’ll fail at that, as I fail at many things, but I want it to be my motivation in my contact with other people. I want to be showing God’s love to the people I come into contact with.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography.

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3 thoughts on “Devotion – God’s Love Letters Can Shine Through Any Pain

  1. Fiona,

    When I read the quote from Mother Teresa, about us all being pencils in the hand of a writing God, the first thing that came to my mind before I read the rest of your devotional was that pencils will become dull when used often and need to be sharpened. God sharpens us in many ways. Suffering with chronic illness is one of them. Most pencils have an eraser on the other end. I am sure God doesn’t make mistakes that He needs to erase. I suspect God uses our eraser to get rid us of things that He started to write but that we may have decided to edit, or things we may have thought we may have taken in hand and written ourself and attributing it to what God wanted.

    We all fail at times the promptings from the Holy Spirit. I know when I do I regret it it, but I will often write excuses for why it wasn’t a prompting from God.

    I aslo struggle with knowing what I should do or not do. The flesh is often willing, but the body is weak. It is at those times, especially when prompted by God to do or say something, that I have to respond in faith that He will provide the strength and energy to complete it. It may not be easy or pain free and I may not be good for anything else following that, but He sees me through what He asks of me.

    Thank you for this devotional.

  2. Fiona,
    Thank you for the reminder that we can all be used by God in some way, despite our physical condition. We not be able to do so every day, but when we are reasonably well enough to do so.
    I like that quote from Mother Terresa. My church, which is not even Catholic uses another one of her quotes, it is even carved into the outside of our building.
    “Small things done with great love can change the world”

  3. i like the use of the pencil idea i reposting for valentines day. i have been in pain for sometime has been alot for my family to deal with i have three boys. Not knowing how to deal with everyday projects being able to walk or stand has been difficult. Reading your devotion was uplifting thank you, ellen

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