I hate needles. Maybe despise is a better word.
The bigger the needle, the bigger the panic attack.
But the day came when I had to go to the ER.
Dehydration got the best of me and the nurses decided to stick me with a needle the size of a ruler called an IV.
I cringed. I begged. I cried.
I wanted this thing off of me.
Little did I know the very thing that was hurting me, served to make her stronger.
Living in a generation that’s obsessed with quitting when things get hard – it’s no wonder why it seems like we’re a little, well…. behind.
No one ever likes to feel uncomfortable. No one ever wants to feel pain. No one really likes anything outside of what feels good.
And this is why we have officially set the record for the highest divorce rate and cancelled gym memberships.
Because we hate being uncomfortable.
There I said it.
We hate pain. We hate waiting. We hate putting in work.
If quitting is handed to us on a silver platter of convenience – we’re first in line.
This puts us in danger.
Because when God says He works everything out for our good in Romans 8:28 -this includes the icky, painful, gut-wrenching moments in our lives that don’t feel good.
God even works your current pain out for your good if you can just be patient enough.
Paul was in a similar predicament in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
He BEGS God to take away the one thing in his life that is tormenting him the most.
If you can just fix this ONE thing, God – my life will be sooo much better!
But – God says no.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Let’s check it out.
“…So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Our natural tendency is to run away when things are too hard. But this shouldn’t be the case.
Thorns keep us humble. Thorn keep us dependent. Thorns keeps us on our knees.