Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Walking through life with our thorns.

I live daily in pain. It is not something that I have invited into my life. It is a gift that God has bestowed upon me. It came unannounced one morning when I was rushing up the stairs to get to work on time. I leaned back to grab a penny and lost my balance and fell onto my rear end. It took me on a tour of pain throughout my body and tingles everywhere. Visits to all the specialists that I could think of. But the bottom line is nothing was found to be causing it except sciatica. Yet, I now take it as a thorn in the flesh that God bestowed upon me. He ornamented me with it and I am thankful that He has tattooed it onto my body. Something that He has treasured for His own sake.

This thought brings me to when Jesus appeared before Thomas after his resurrection and assumption. He reached out His hand and side to show to doubting Thomas to show him His wounds incurred during Holy Week. So even Gods own perfect son had this flaw that He blamelessly shared with others.

This tattoo will be there and it may get lasered off at the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb of God. Even if a remnant is there, it will tell a story of God's infinite grace in my life. Yet, I am thankful to God for allowing me to get this gift from Him.

May you, the reader, be blessed as you look at the pains in your life and in your family as well. For we all have them. It is how we handle them and where we look to for our comfort as well.

All the Glory goes to Yahweh.

1 comment:

Mike O'Brien said...

Scott,
Yes, thorns can turn out to be blessings in disguise. Always remember the words of Christ to Paul, "my grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." We know He will adequately supply all our needs through whatever difficulty may come our way, that He may be glorified as He strengthens us to go through it, not necessarily to be delivered out of it.
Mike