I firmly believe that though suffering can be beneficial to our lives here on earth, so much of the purpose of suffering will not be seen until we get to heaven. The dear woman who I mentioned in Thoughts on Suffering: Part I has gone on to glory. Rachel B. from Death is Not Dying is also resting in her Savior’s arms. No longer are these dear women bound to pain of their earthly bodies. They are finally home.
Even if your suffering is not in the physical- it is very real. Sometimes the deepest pain does not show up on an M.R.I. or an X-ray. Sometimes the deepest hurt is in the heart. It may come at the hands of a friend, family member, or even a church. I personally have experienced pain at the hands of all three. Even as I sit here and remember some of my past pain, tears come to my eyes. Wounds- especially when they are often unjust- leave a stinging that remains long past the blow.
But as I look back, I know that it was never God’s purpose for me to live an easy life. A pain free life would never have given God the same opportunity to show me His amazing faithfulness. It would never have allowed me to grow, clinging more to my Father in heaven than any person He has given me on earth.
In addition, there are joys that come through pain. Sometimes God takes something away for the purpose of something better. Sometimes the taking away is an end in itself. Most importantly, it provides an opportunity for God to be glorified.
Stop by next week for Part III!