Slow bloggin’ I kind of like the ring of that! It actually sounds like something kind of fun. I know, I know….probably just another lame excuse for my lapses in post. I guess the real question is….does anyone care that I post so infrequently anyway? Well, I’m going to just keep slow bloggin 🙂
In all seriousness, I have been going slow lately because it has been slow going for me. Pain has had me thinking a lot about how suffering affects each and every individual life. All of us have been given a measure of suffering. Some seem to have been given larger helpings for sure, but each and every one of us gets a good taste of it eventually. It is a sad fact and certain part of life here on planet earth…if you are breathing, you will suffer at some point. Why? I’m sure many reasons and explanations could be provided, but I believe the real truth is found in the Fall…not the season, but the event in the Garden that is mirrored in our lives and this world each and every day. It is the thorns and thistles that grow from the knowledge of evil, and living our lives east of Eden, as they say. There is sin in the world, and sin in all of us, so we all suffer for it. It is not God’s fault; it is ours. We make the same choice as Adam and Eve and choose evil over good. Because of all that collective choice, the whole world suffers. Nothing is immune from it. Not even children that have yet to make a choice, not even innocent people at the hands of evil men, not even animals nor nature avoids suffering here on earth. But remember. This is not our home. We belong in the Kingdom of Light. We belong back in the Garden with our Creator. Our very nature is crying out against this suffering…just waiting for the Day…and what a Day that will be!
In the meantime, a shift in attitude can help in our suffering. What if we begin to see suffering as a blessing to our walks on this pilgrim journey? What?! For sure, suffering comes in many forms: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, financial, and all of those other “als” that ail us. But what if when we are ailing, we decide to start wailing to The Lord instead. When I suffer, what do I do? Complain? I do sometimes. Cry and whine? Currently, yes, check. Trust and obey?..well, I guess that would have to be a “yes” for me as well then. Because as crazy as it sounds, in the midst of pain and suffering, I have indeed often found some of the greatest solace and peace of the Savior. I firmly believe suffering is meant to draw us back to the good, like a hurt child turning to mama for comfort. It certainly is an effective tool to turn us back towards the Garden and a longing for home. Suffering simply makes us realize our deepest need for Him, and the comfort He brings us in it. In that effect, it can become a great blessing to us as we long for that Heavenly home. It is really one of those great and deep paradoxes of our faith. In our weakness…we find His strength. In our suffering…we find His peace. What is meant to drive us away from Him, can in fact, drive us right into His arms. So, Lift up your eyes. Our help is in The Lord, The maker of Heaven and earth, and in His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ…Yes indeed, our help is in The Lord.