Even the Apostle Paul had “thorns” to deal with, and God saw fit to leave those thorns in place during Paul’s lifetime. He asked God 3 times to remove them.
“…. Each time He said, ‘My Grace is all you need. My Power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the Power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT
Do you have thorns in your life? Everyone has something to deal with. It can be a physical limitation or disease. For some, it can be an addiction. For others, it can be depression or anxiety, or a family member with issues. It can be abuse, and it can be the loss of a baby or child. We can look perfectly fine on the outside, and be a train wreck inside. Paul asked God to take away his “thorn.” We don’t know for certain what Paul was referring to, although many believe that it was something he struggled with physically. What I know is that it doesn’t really matter. Whatever it was, Paul shows us how to deal with our own personal thorns. It’s okay to ask God to remove it (remember, Paul asked three times), and then we move on. I believe that God honors our suffering.
Only someone who has has miscarried or lost a child can understand the pain there. It is proper, and necessary, to mourn the loss. I know that pain. It is also necessary to mourn the loss of a loved one. I know that pain as well. As difficult as it may be, God intends for us to move on in our lives. The loss is a thorn we will always carry, and we will always miss that person, but it is wrong to publicly mourn them for the rest of our lives. God needs us to show the world that as followers of Christ Jesus, we have the confidence and hope to see our loved ones again. Someday, we will hold those babies and children in our arms again. For now, we who are left here are to LIVE.
The thorns in your life may have you stuck in a pit. Get help when it is needed. After all, God gave the doctors and professionals their knowledge for a reason…. to help others – to help US. Use them, and rely on Jesus, in order to gain the power to move past the thorns. I know that I am supposed to be thankful for the thorns in my life. Sometimes it’s a real struggle, but I know that I wouldn’t be WHO I am, or WHERE I am, without the things I have experienced. It’s not always the way I want, but I wouldn’t trade my life and my experiences for anything. I treasure the memories, including the painful ones, and I am content. It’s soooooo much better than wallowing in the pit with despair and depression as my companions. Jesus makes a MUCH better Friend!
Who is your companion; your friend, today? I pray it is our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
(Love reading from http://bible.com)