Speed Bumps On The Road Of Affliction

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed.’ says the Lord who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

I have been housebound for several weeks due to a big flare. A lot of pain, and a lot of fatigue! Many days my pain was so big that the bed became my refuge as I sought any way I could find to become comfortable. Have you ever had the kind of pain where even the wrinkles in the bed sheets hurt against your skin?

Yesterday I was able to go out for a little while. For most people it would be no big deal, maybe even an annoyance. I needed to go to the dentist, and then get groceries. As we drove down our little farm road in the country I was overwhelmed by what I saw. Golden yellow leaves sparkling in the sun! Hillsides covered with leaves of all shades. It was so sunny and bright that my eyes almost hurt from the goldenness everywhere.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1)

Later in the day, after the dentist, I was getting cranky and tired. I will admit it. I was getting sore from sitting up so long and I wanted my bed. We were stuck in traffic trying to change lanes to pull into the grocery store. I looked over at the car next to us. The driver looked like a soccer mom who was on her last nerve. She was yelling at the kids in her SUV. I began to say sentence prayers for her, and for the other drivers I saw around me.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

As I began praying for the soccer mom and the car full of kids, I began to really look at others around me, and not just my own discomfort. God made the beauty of the hillsides and trees; but He also created all of us. My husband, the soccer mom, the truck driver, and the car full of teenagers. He wants us to marvel at His creation, and through His creation we can see who He really is. As His children, He wants us to care for those around us, even if it is sentence prayers as we pass on the road.

“A new commandment I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34)

Prayer: Oh Father, sometimes I tend to get so caught up in my own troubles, and my own pain. Help me to remember to keep my eyes on You. And as Your child, to care for others. That sentence prayer might be the only prayer this mother gets on a day where she is obviously tired. I want to have “My Father’s eyes.”

About the author:
Sandra Platt is a Pastor’s wife and freelance writer who makes her home in rural southern Indiana. She enjoys reading, cross stitching, and being as involved as she can in the activities of her church life. She has enjoyed being a pastor’s wife for over 20 years now.

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I urge you to try to make sentence prayers a part of your life. Pray for others you might see in the doctor’s office, someone you pass in the grocery store, someone in the nest car as you wait at a stop light. It really does take your mind off your pain. Have you done this before?

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