but the tester of hearts is the Lord
Proverbs 17: 3
Living with illness and pain can seem like one, long, test. And, in many ways, it is. These challenges test patience, pain threshold, and, in the more concrete sense of the word, they subject us to medical tests that can be ordeals of their own – and painful, too!
As we journey on with our health burdens, it can be easy to say, “Lord, I can’t take any more. I really can’t.” But this is where faith – and wisdom come in like the lifelines that they are to reel us in and bring us back to what’s truly the center of our lives.
For all of the discomfort (I know, this is an understatement many times!) we experience, our souls are in fine shape. Our spirits are resilient. God, nestled in our hearts, is with us and carrying us along. And when we turn to Him, even in our deepest pain, He will bring us peace of spirit and comfort.
Many’s the time when meds and treatments did not take away my physical pain, but as I turned my life and health over to the Lord, the grace that I felt made all the physical much easier to deal with. And as it became easier, a peace beyond all other wrapped around me like a security blanket.
Could we endure our illnesses without faith? Without God?
Maybe we could withstand the physical pain. But with faith, with God, we are up to the test and more – we are able to reach beyond it and make our lives more meaningful, more purposeful, and more whole. And in that whole-ness, healing happens, healing that brings us close to God.
Blessings for the day,