As He [Jesus] passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.  And His disciples asked Him, “ Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. John 9:1-3

Have you reflected upon this and thought this might apply to you? It applies to me. I was a sickly child. Hospitalized many times in my teens. Later, I developed fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. For years, I suffered and cried out to God.

I found many blessings in the pain and fatigue.

The greatest blessing came to me as I lay on our living room couch in the middle of the night in pain. Many nights, I turned to the Psalms and observed David’s agony turn to praise. David taught me to cry out to God and then turn my focus upon God. Gratitude filled my heart as I saw how small my pain was in comparison to how great God is. Those intense, painful moments melted into moments of blessing and love.

I also learned how much my husband of 41 years loved me. He is the embodiment of a servant-leader, giving and caring with no expectation of return. Without the pain and limitations, our relationship would not have been as intimate as it is today.

Blessings from the pain turned into opportunities to minister to others in pain and suffering. Coworkers, family, friends and their friends knew that I had walked a similar path of pain for years and that I understood what they were going through. They also saw a woman who had been delivered from her pain, and they wanted to hear about how I had been healed. They wanted prayer. They wanted compassion. They wanted practical insight in coping with the pain.

I am grateful for the years of pain. The pain opened doors into people’s hearts that would never have been opened without the pain.

This life journey has truly been a gratitude adventure.

My prayer for you:
Great Comforter and Healer, we honor You and praise You for what You are doing in our lives and for who You are. You have promised that You would never leave us nor forsake us. We trust You and lean upon You in these times of trials. Jesus, we thank You for love beyond measure that You bestowed upon us. You were beaten and scourged for us, and by Your stripes we are healed, whether it is today or tomorrow or when You take us home. You hung on the cross to pay the price for our sins, so that we could be with You for eternity. That is the greatest blessing of all. What a friend we have in You, Jesus. Pour out Your Spirit upon us, so that we can point people to You. It is because of You that we have blessings and we can bless others. Thank you. Amen.

Wishing you a gratitude adventure as you contemplate the blessings that we experience in our pain and limitations. We can turn them into opportunities to impact the lives of others.

What are you doing to turn your pain into blessings?


8 thoughts on “Blessings from pain

  1. I am listening to the video and being renewed in this hour of total reliance on the Power of God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I fell this morning as I went to sit at my computer to write. Yesterday I received some painful information that continues to plague my core with mental and emotional anguish. No matter what the source of pain may be – physical,mental, emotional – we know that God is present……… I weep with anticipation, hope and faith – “for the works of God to be displayed” through my suffering. 2Corinthians 4:17 For our momentary, light suffering is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison
    4:18 because we are not looking at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen. For what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.
    Thank you Karen for being a vessel of God carrying this message of hope to me today. He knows what we need, when we need it and how to supply the need. Today you are a part of God’s provision for me.

    1. Karen, I so want to experience the power of His healing my asthma! We were back at the ER at 5 this am, because I couldn’t breathe and of course, I am a little skittish after the PE last month. But it was simply a bad asthma attack. I even was wheezing bad and I never wheeze. Still once I had the IV meds and breathing treatment, I was good to go. Came home and went right to work and been at it all day. But boy have I been blessed! I have an attorney I have been working with. we talked about how she would know if this job is the right one for her. I told her that she could claim the promise of Isaiah 30:21-God will whisper in your ear the way in which you are to go. it seems that she has had a terrible case for 4 yrs and everybody wanted her to settle it for $1.5million. But just recently she was praying and asking God for direction. and then she laid down and very clearly heard his voice say, Do Not Settle. You will Win. and she said Cindy if you had not told me about the verse I would have thought it was just my wishful thinking, but now I knew it was God! And you wouldn’t believe all the pieces that were needed to make the difference with this trial has fallen into place and now we are going to win!! I say Hallelujah! our God is amazing and mighty! and He does speak through me-just the right words. I am so blessed today!

      1. Cindy, What a wonderful Scripture to share with your client. I’m claiming that Scripture for you as well. Lord, whisper in Cindy’s ear and in her doctor’s ear the paths and the treatments that You would have them take for her health. Cindy, I heard a teaching today on the blind man that Jesus touched, and he did not see clearly the first time. He saw men walking was if they were trees. It took a second time for Jesus to minister to him before he saw clearly. With each person, Jesus heals and deals uniquely as that person needs. Our Great Healer, touch Cindy’s body and spirit in Your perfect way. Thank You that You are a personal God who treats us each uniquely, according to our needs. What a wonderful Father we have! We give You the honor and glory and adoration that only You deserve. Amen

        Cindy, please dig deep into the Scriptures and read all the Scriptures on healing and waiting on the Lord. I’m praying for you.

    2. Darrin, I am so blessed to hear how the song and the Lord are ministering to you. I am so sorry that you are going through some trials. My prayer for you: Heavenly Father, You are our Great Comforter. You have told us to cast our cares upon You, for You care for us. We cast Darrin’s cares upon You, for we know that You will work all his trials for his good, and that You have prepared great works for him to accomplish from the foundation of the world, and since You have prepared them for him, he will succeed. Thank you for his commitment to You and to spreading Your Word. He is glorifying You as he points people to You. Now, Father, please give him Your perfect wisdom and touch his body with Your healing touch. We pray these things in Your Holy Name. Amen

  2. oh Karen!! thank you for sharing your story! no wonder you always seem to know just the right comment to make to me! and I really needed your wonderful words and prayer today. I am having trouble w/my leg throbbing and some swelling of my ankle/foot/leg. which is so strange considering how much Coumadin I am on–and that horrible C Diff has reared it’s head! I have had 3 rounds of antibiotics and this is will not go away!! I just had my RA infusion med which lowers my immunity that I already don’t have…I am just a little frustrated even as I KNOW that our God has not been surprised by anything I have and continues to allow it! You are so right about David and the Psalms. They are comforting, but there are answers, solutions there as well. I pray I can hold on to them through this challenge.

    1. My dear Cindy,
      My heart aches for you. Indeed, there are answers in the Bible. God tells Israel that He is our Healer, and David writes in Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” God is in control, and your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Your body is not your own, it was bought with a price, the priceless blood of our own dear Jesus, the Messiah. May you rest in the arms of Jesus as He tends to His friend’s body, and may you bask in Him and His presence. I’m praying for you.

      Andrew Murray wrote in “Divine Healing,” “He leads us to understand that if we yield our body unreservedly to the influence of the Holy Spirit, we shall experience His power in us, and He will heal us by bringing into our body the very life of Jesus. He leads us, in short, to say with full conviction, ‘The body is for the Lord.'”

      May you reflect on the power of God at work in your spirit and in your body.

      In His love,

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