2 CORINTHIANS 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
I'm sure we have all heard the saying, 'whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger'. While we might understand the sentiment of a phrase like this, it doesn't do much to ease the pain in the midst of suffering. The apostle Paul wrote these words while talking about a 'thorn in the flesh' which he was experiencing. He had identified a particular issue he was facing as a tool which God was using to help him learn humility. I'm not suggesting that God causes these things to teach us a lesson, but what if sometimes, these bad things that happen in our lives, God uses them to bring about some greater good? Maybe in the depths of our weakness or illnesses, we cry out to God for healing and discover that while our bodies continue to fail, God draws us into a closer embrace with himself and we actually experience a greater freedom and healing than any physical miracle might have achieved. By all means, pray for miracles and healing, but don't forget to look for God at work in the midst of our trials as well.
Lord God, human pain and suffering are not foreign to you. You loved us so much that you entered our broken world and lived among us experiencing the pin and suffering that comes with being human. You know and understand all the things which we experience, the joys and the pains. Help me to trust that you are with me and at work in me in all places and all circumstances. Amen