~ Dr. Martin Luther
This week has been a particularly difficult week! It’s been filled with lots of pain. The pain of being misunderstood and knowing that no matter which way I turn or decision I make someone will misinterpret something I said or did.
Until today I did not even realize how much I strive for the approval of man but there has been a light bulb moment for me today! This is the pain that proves what I am made of and I can stand up and forge forward or I can sit at home and complain about life’s injustices.
It also occurred to me today that Jesus’ life was filled with the pain of being misunderstood. Don’t misunderstand, I in no way think my life even compares to that of my Jesus but why do I feel that my life should be so cushy when my Lord suffered and died for me?
Listen to these verses
“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.”
Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.
hese are Jesus’ words not mine!
From Luke 9:23-25
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?”
I think I am just beginning to understand what my cross is and what taking my cross up daily means. I so thankful that He continues to walk with me even when I fail Him. God uses the pain in my life both physical and social to refine me and show me that I cannot do anything in my own strength. It is only through Him I am strong!
So today I am welcoming the pain, because it’s like the refining fire that is removing things from me that make me less than who He created me to be. It raises the impurities to the top so that they can be removed. One day I will shine like pure gold and I can hardly wait for that day!
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