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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What's a little pain anyway?

Yesterday, my granddaughter Mikaela had a dentist appointment. What started out to be just a routine filling on a back tooth, turned into a not-so-routine crown. A nice,shiny, silver crown that Mikaela was very proud of! Of course, when she got home the first thing she did was show her little brother, Eli. He looked at it and in a voice filled with awe said, "Mikaela, that is so beautiful!". She looked at him and said, "Yeah, but it hurt to get that tooth, Eli."

Sometimes the wonderful things we obtain in this life come with a little pain attached.

The process of making a marriage work can be painful. The miracle of birth is accompanied by some pain. Standing tall for Christ can come with a little pain. The spiritual growth process in a Christian's life doesn't come without a little pain. Being obedient to the Lord can hurt sometimes.

But the end result of all these things makes a little bit of pain well worth it! The beauty of what is yielded from those experiences gloriously exceeds the level of discomfort.

Two become one. New life. Allegiance to Christ. Relationship with Jesus. Walking with God.

Just like that shiny, silver crown came with a little bit of pain, so do the things that help us to become molded into who God intends us to be.

Oh, Lord Jesus, help me to find joy in the pain and rejoice at the end results!

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful nevertheless, afterward it yields the peacable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (Hebrews 12:11)


Rejoicing in Him,
Beth

3 comments:

Redeemed By His Love said...

How true, Beth!
It was wonderful of Eli to be so compassionate and an encourager to Mikaela!
I wrote something almost similar on
my blog. Pain is difficult. Valleys are difficult. God is there through it all.
Happy New Year!
Miriam

petrii said...

Beth,
Our minds must be linked to the same frequency. I posted about pain today as well, and how Christ's power is made perfect in weakness.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YA,

Dawn

Yolanda said...

Beth,

What a truly awesome analogy!

Lord, let us see YOU in the midst of our pain.

Lovingly,
Yolanda