BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, 'If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.' Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, 'Who has touched my clothes?' But his disciples said to him, 'You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
I once had a friend who described how she felt her life was like sometimes: One day you're doing all fine and dandy, and just when you're at this high point in life, something happens that isn't so good. And you look at God and say, "What'd ya do that for?"
I relate to this on a spiritual level. These past few weeks, I've felt great and happy and just in love with life, and then a couple of things happened and I found myself wondering why I would be put so down when things were going so well. It's not that I don't love life anymore, it's that there are things going on in it that are annoying me and I want them to stop.
Today was a great example: I woke up to immediate nervousness as I remembered that my new job started today, and then I felt sore (I must've slept in a weird position or something) and then I had all these things I was suppose to have done but forgot to do over the weekend, and then I remembered that I was meeting a friend in less than two hours. I was in panic mode, and while I was able to calm myself down, it wasn't a good feeling to know that these annoyances were keeping me from enjoying my day.
But that changed as the day went on. I got coffee with my friend and we were able to catch up (she's getting married next year and I'm super excited for her!); I was able to start my new job and get some stuff figured out there; I went to my Acting class and was able to let loose and have fun; and then I went to the first Bible Study of the year, where the biblical point of reference for this article comes from.
So here's what I take from all this: The hurt comes and the hurt goes. The days keep rolling by, and they're not all going to be rainbows and butterflies. But most importantly, the hurt doesn't last forever--it doesn't even have to last at all with God!
You see, God has this amazing and magical way of making our pain easier to handle if we let Him help us. It's remarkable and it's unfailing love. So say this simple prayer with me:
God, we have had long and hard days, and we will have more of them. But we also have had You, and will have more of You when we open ourselves up to Your saving Grace. Let us always know that the hurt won't last forever, that one day we will be with You for eternity, and that Your Love will see us through to the end. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Your Laughing Sister,