Focusing on the why’s of our chronic pain is natural, but instead, we should focus on how to trust God with our daily chronic pain.
“Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, ‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God’? The Lord is the everlasting God . . . and His understanding no one can fathom” (Isaiah 40:27, 28).
One of my weaknesses is in wanting to understand the “whys” behind something before I accept it. I wish I fully knew how to trust God, regardless of my circumstances. The need to know what to expect has created problems in many areas of my life including my relationship with God, particularly where my health problems are concerned.
In his book Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby suggests that God’s refusal, silence, or doing something we don’t understand are not rejection. They are opportunities for God to disclose to us more of Himself than we have ever known.
I experienced this truth before our recent vacation. Two weeks before we left I had a bicycle accident which aggravated my back and fibro problems. I questioned God. He knew I was being careful and that we had been planning this trip for months. But God used that experience to reveal more of Himself. He enabled me to enjoy the trip despite pain and discomfort–an attitude adjustment which I am continually dealing with.
He also worked a huge miracle in allowing me to take a pain medication every day which normally causes severe depression–but did not. God revealed Himself in powerful ways and my faith grew.
On this vacation we were blessed to visit the Billy Graham library in Charlotte, North Carolina. We saw Ruth Bell Graham’s grave, and I was reminded of something she wrote when questioning why.
“I lay my ‘whys’ before your cross in worship kneeling,
My mind too numb for thought, my heart beyond all feeling:
And worshiping, realize that I
In knowing You don’t need a ‘why.'”
Rather than questioning God when I don’t understand something in my life, I pray that I will look for new ways He is revealing Himself and His great power through it, and maybe even be thankful that I don’t understand–because He is the Almighty God, and I am not.
Prayer: Lord, I praise You for being beyond my human understanding. When I consider, how to trust God with my circumstances, remind me of how much you care about my every move. Help me see my “whys” as opportunities to see new aspects of Your power and grace in my life. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
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What “whys” has God used in your life to reveal more of Himself to you? Could you write a book called, “How to Trust God?” or would it be more of a pamphlet at this stage in your illness? Has what you learned changed your response to new problems?