The Beauty of Suffering
More from my friend John who lost his wife to cancer earlier this year.
While in Asia, I spoke one day on what good news is. I shared that the problem with suffering is the pain. The beauty of suffering is seeing Jesus Christ formed in me. The temptation is to retreat from or with the pain into isolation and denial – hiding, burying the feeling and pain or to “medicate” the pain with busyness or some other distraction (fill-in the blank with most any destructive habit). The pathway to seeing Christ formed is in embracing the pain as the instrument of God’s hand to shape, sharpen and polish the image of Jesus in my life. Knowing Him, His presence, His comfort and His glory is my hope. Would you pray that I would do that consistently?