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Sunday
Nov182012

Find the Lessons in the Pain

A few days ago, I took to my Facebook page to share my heart with my friends in regards to how I was feeling, as that particular day marked eight weeks after experiencing one of the most traumatic situations I’ve ever encountered.

Here’s what I posted:

It's been 2 months since the devastating loss of our sweet pea, and what a journey to restoration and healing it has been. I am grateful that the Lord's grace has sustained us through it all, and continues to be the glue that holds us together through all of life's unexpected changes. Though this has been a tough season for me, I would not trade it for the way I've grown closer to the Lord and increased in faith, strength, wisdom, and prayer. I've learned so much over the past two months - about life, God, myself, my marriage, purpose, grace, and the list goes on. I'll share a few with you...

1. There is no pain deeper than the power of God's ability to heal.
2. I am much stronger than I think.
3. Broken does not mean destroyed.
4. Struggle reveals the strength of a marriage.
5. I have an extremely amazing husband who adores me and deeply cares about my well-being.
6. Living in obedience to God's plan of purpose will sometimes lead you through the valley of the shadow of death, but you will not die. It's only a shadow, and is cast away by the light of God's love. His light will lead you through the valley.
7. The glory will far exceed the grief.
8. The Word of the Lord is a refreshing spring of living water that revitalizes a thirsting soul.
9. Though life may knock you down, with God, you'll rise again.
10. Your despair does not discount your destiny. 

I continue to heal. God continues to shower me with grace. I continue to trust in Him. He continues to prove His faithfulness. The journey continues...

God is steadily restoring, rebuilding, and refreshing me as I journey on in recovering from the pain, loss, and heartache this season has brought upon my life.  Though I could’ve allowed myself to become bitter and angry with God, I choose to be brave and look deep into the pain to find the lessons and wisdom I can gain.  Furthermore, I’ve made the choice to apply those lessons to my life as I continue to move forward in fulfilling God’s purpose for me, and to share the wisdom I gain along the way with others.  For me, that’s what the current challenges of my life inspire me to do.

It’s easy to get stuck on the hurt and disappointment life often brings, but I don’t believe that is the intent of God’s purpose for allowing us to experience tough times.  Sure enough, we definitely feel the pain; however, since God does not find pleasure in causing His children to suffer, He apparently has a much bigger plan. 

I remember while in the rawness of trying to cope with the loss of our baby, the last thing I wanted to hear anyone say was, “God has a purpose for your pain, Keisha.”  The mature Christian in me knew that was indeed true, but the grieving mother in me could not at all see the purpose for such pain.  But you know what?  At the end of the day I had to allow my faith to override my feelings.  I had to (And still do!) constantly remind myself that the glory which would come after my healing would far outweigh my grief.  Afterall, I firmly believe the Word of God, and in Romans 8:18 it says “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.” 

Even when suffering seems so purposeless, we must be ever aware of the fact that God is purposeful in all that He does.  Though the point of it all is often hard to see, He does not waste any moment or situation in our lives.  Everything we experience, no matter how bad it may be, works for good in some way.  If nothing else, the testing of our faith produces endurance (James 1:3).

When I’m faced with adversity or suffering, my initial response can be a lot like Paul’s when he had a thorn in his flesh – Lord, take this pain away!  (2 Corinthians 12:8)  But if God always shielded me from suffering or immediately took the pain away upon my request, I’d miss out on all of the valuable lessons, priceless wisdom, and increasing of faith it comes to produce in me.  I’d never mature in Christ, or develop into the person He needs me to be so that His glory may be revealed through me.  So instead of begging God to take the pain away, I’ve learned to ask Him to show me what I can take away from the pain.

I am learning all the more that when put in God’s hands, pain does produce purpose; the deepest misery develops powerful ministry; tests become testimonies; and the messiness of life turns into great messages of hope, healing, and restoration.

I know the divorce, the loss, the church hurt, the abandonment, the betrayal, the gossip, the lies, the disappointment hurts like crazy.  But you know what else I know?  If you’d elevate your mind above the sting of it and look for whatever it is the Lord intends for you to learn from it, not only will He heal you, but you’ll come out it much stronger, wiser, and better than you were before you experienced it.  Ask the Lord, what has this suffering come to teach me? God’s grace will sustain you as dig deep to discover His answer.

I’m a witness!

 

 

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Reader Comments (13)

You have inspired me in ways I cannot express. Thank you!

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTina

Praise God for speaking to your heart today, Tina!

Grace & Peace,
LaKeisha

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaKeisha Rainey-Collins

1 Peter 5:10 came to mind as I was reading this: "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." Thank you for sharing yourself with us. God is going to restore and bless your family. I just know it!

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

I lost a baby five months ago. My heart is still broken. Reading your articles has given me peace and comfort. Thank you for sharing your heart. God is using your pain to help heal me.

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn Anderson

I'm sitting here in a mess of tears! God thank you for using your vessel! This was so needed!

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

My heart is rejoicing! Thank you, ladies, so much for reading and sharing with me. It's amazing how the Lord will use the thing that hurt us the most to bring hope and healing to others. So humbled that He'd use me to inspire you.

Love, prayers, & peace to each of you,
LaKeisha

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaKeisha Rainey-Collins

My revelations from this article are that God has a purpose for my pain and that suffering teaches me things. I sure don't see the lessons all the time, but I have faith that it's working for my maturity and benefit.

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRita

When I'm suffering I find it very hard to hear things like there's purpose in it. Thought that was just me! But I thank God for an open heart to hear the truth anyway even though I would rather not.

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLady T

Praise God that this is speaking to your heart! I am amazed by the way the Lord will use what hurt us most to help bring hope and healing to others.

Thank you all so much for reading, and sharing your thoughts.

Grace & Peace to each of you,
LaKeisha

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaKeisha Rainey-Collins

When I got through hurts I hold grudges against people and God. I wish I could be more like this and look at things on the birght side. #Growing

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCOUGAR

I can sit and read the inspiring, blessed messages from you and Mrs. Dianna all day, everyday! I just love it! Your pain is hard I know, but thanks for using it to inspire little old me!

Continued blessings & favor, hun. :)

November 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLady

Cougar, I'm praying that the Lord will give you the grace to look at difficult challenges through a brighter lens, and open your heart to receive how tough times actually come to make you better.

Lady, what a humbling compliment! Thank you so much for reading.

Blessings to you ladies!

LaKeisha

November 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaKeisha Rainey-Collins

Thank you. I needed to hear that. Gave me hope. I can now look at my circumstance from a different perspective.

God Bless us all

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterE

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