I haven't posted much detail about my health here on the blog... but today at 2:00 I am going in to the Doctor's for a pretty big test. The Doctor's are concerned about a few things and want to rule out some possibilities that could be rather serious.
Because of my health issues, struggles, pain and sickness has been on my mind lately.
Christianity doesn't make life a bed of roses. Actually Christians and the lost suffer many of the same hardships. Christianity does not save us Christians from sufferings, and taking on Christ does not automatically guarantee prosperity. Hardships do come to the Christian. Yet, hardships do not come because God is a severe God, but in His loving kindness He allows deep wounds so He may bestow that much more of Himself. Of course it is hard. Of course it still hurts.
Although, I have it easier than the lost. When I hurt I have Someone to hold onto, when I cry I have Someone who comforts me, when I despair I have Someone who is Hope and Peace. The lost doesn't. He is the only reason life is good. He is the only reason life is worth living. God is there in every season of my life...when it's hard, when it hurts, when I'm happy. All of it. Through hardships He draws me closer. Because of Him, hardships are a good thing. With Christ I don't receive a guarantee from trials but a present help in those trials.
"The truth is that His care is infinitely superior. He takes note of the minutest matters that can affect the lives of His children and regulates them all according to His own perfect will, let their origins be what they may." -- Hannah Whitall Smith, Christians Secret of a Happy Life, 48