September 10, 2012

a quick post because

I can’t read through messages from fellow cluster headache patients without sobbing. One guys says the episodes are destroying his life. One girl says all she does is cry. And they write these notes and ask if I can take away their pain, if I know how to stop the cycles, if I can make their lives better -- and I used to think I couldn’t offer them anything, but God is showing me that Christ is a gift and He's everything.

Pain’s universal. This doesn’t just apply to sickness. The places in our hearts where hurt cuts deep are the very holes that God fills back up with purpose, with Christ, when we let Him. And this hollowness caused by disappointment can be filled with grace. Grace that pours peace in our souls and shows us the way Christ heals. Sometimes, it’s not the way we want. But there’s never an “in vain” when you’re “in Christ,” and in our suffering, we are free to cling to Him and find all we need to endure - because Jesus suffered first. 

And just... this - He is the answer you've been trying to find. Hold tight to Him, friend. It won't be much longer.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. ~ James 1:12