Show Your Suffering
Pain and suffering are a reality for each of us. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or mental; we all experience pain and suffering of one kind or another. Not only will you experience pain and suffering; if you’re a parent, your children will endure pain in their lives as well. Our parental bent is to protect our children and take away their pain and suffering at all cost. But what if instead of trying to protect our children, we show them how to navigate the pain they’re experiencing. What if we let them see our suffering.
You see, most of us keep our pain internal. We’re afraid to show it. In contrast, by letting our children see us suffer, they get to see what matters to us, they get to see what is important to us, and they get to see what we love. Yet most of us don’t share our pain, we keep it to ourselves. When pain strikes, we may blame. We blame our spouse; we blame our children; we blame our job; and we blame God. Others run. They run toward a bottle to numb the pain. They run to a computer and look at illicit photos/videos to get lost in a fantasy world and hide from their pain. They run to their game console. They run from God.
Here’s the thing, what if instead of blaming God or running from God, we trusted in God and His promises? What if we let our children see our hurt? What if in the midst of our pain and suffering we looked to the cross and in doing so showed our children the love of God, who suffered for us. I love what Revelation 21 says, “Behold, I am making all things new” (21:5). You see, we don’t have a Savior who is just making new things, but we have a Savior who is making old things new, also. That gives me great hope! So, when your body is broken, when your heart is broken, run to the God who makes all things new. By losing the things we think we love, by losing what believe is so precious to us, we gain God who is far more valuable than anything we could own or desire. Let your children see this.
"For nothing is impossible with God." - Luke 1:37