My eyes opened once again to pain. With no position comfortable I shuffle about trying to find relief. The past few days were good, but not today. Pain, the kind that even hurts when you breathe, the kind that robs your thoughts and threatens to steal the brightness of a new day, a new week. The big question is, will I let it? The second question comes close on the heels of the first, and how can I not let the pain steal from me ?
I take a hot shower, down a mega dose of Advil, apply ice and wait. What am I waiting for? Relief! I just want to feel better, just want the pain to stop, just want to…
Then it hits me, not like a stick over the head but instead the opening of a page before me….
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith, as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
How do we live the start of another new week when life seems unfair, pain threatens to rob the joy , or circumstances are uncomfortable?
It’s when things are painful that we desperately root for instruction and guidance. Sadly when things are fine we move about in our best wisdom, following our best ideas in the moment. Not so when things are hard and we’ve run out of solutions. It is in those times that we find ourselves hungry for God-sized wisdom, running to Him for guidance.Funny thing is, God-sized wisdom is usually basic. It’s not fly to the stars type of wisdom but rather put your shoes on and walk kind of instruction.
This Colossians passage has a few things to say to me this morning. Perhaps it will speak to you too.
Just as I received Christ….I remember that night like it was yesterday. Etched in my memory is a college aged girl with her whole life ahead of her. Where were you when you received Christ? What was it in life that drove you there? Did you receive Christ with surrender and hope? Go back in your mind to that first love moment, that blush of hope, that heartbeat of future promise.
Continue to live IN HIM... For me it started that night in 1973. The road has had bumps, my heart has had bruises, but I have to recall that night, the first moment of fresh surrender. You too…don’t forget the surrender, the love, the rhythm of his grace. Life may be hard, the body , mind or relationships painful…but don’t forget that you are IN HIM and continue on there.
Strengthened in the faith…Faith comes from hearing God’s Word. But sometimes we don’t want to hear it. Still, in those times, refuse to turn your ear away. Rather force feed yourself a little truth. Just as I shuffled around the house making my body move, tears streaming as I reached for the pain medication….I too must walk my mind right up to God’s word. Faith starts with an action step of hearing the word and finishes with the practicing or acting out of that word.
This morning as I lay my head on the granite counter in my kitchen. As tears formed and breathing hurt. I opened my Bible, yes randomly, it opened up to Colossians 2. And, as my eyes fell on the words…Continue to Live IN Him…I knew that I needed this Word as much as I needed my Advil. One would supply relief for the physical pain, but the other would provide guidance for living out the next many hours while dealing with not so perfect circumstances.
Make it a great day,