“Blessed are those whose strength is in You, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84:5 NIV)
I am sure all of us dealing with chronic pain and illness feel there are many times when we are at the point where we want to give up—it is just more than we can handle on our own. At times like this, we need to meditate on the above scripture. Our pain and frustrations related to illness may be too much for us to handle alone, but not too much for God. God said, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27
“In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
I often feel that I am closer to God in times of pain than in times of relief from pain. Why is this, I wonder? Maybe it is because in times of pain, I take more time to talk with God. In times of prayer, there is often a peace that comes and guards our hearts and minds. At times like this, we really become more aware that we are really dependent on God and He will always be there for us.
On bright and sunny mornings, My heart is filled with praise,
For my dear heavenly Father, Who brighten up my days!
Tho He is always with me, Whatever weather be,
When Springtime brings sweet promise, His joy made known to me!
I love to hear the songbirds, When they are on the wing,
And when they’re near my window, Such solace do they bring.
My own dear heavenly Father, Tho dark or bright above,
My heart goes on rejoicing, For radiant is that love!
Friends, always remember, Our Father is with us in times of pain and He will always stand guard over our hearts if we put our trust in Him. Nothing can happen to us that is too difficult for God to handle.
Patricia Armstrong lives in Virginia Beach and also has a home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of VA., where she and her husband, Richard, will live after his retirement. Patricia copes daily with nerve pain from peripheral neuropathy for which the cause has never been determined. God has always been faithful in giving strength and encouragement even in times of pain and Patricia is so grateful for this.