For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Every mother knows and empathizes with the struggles of having a sick child to care for. Watching your sweet baby suffer through a cold, belly ache or any other illness is painful to watch. You want to magically take the pain away, but you just have to let it run its course. Besides witnessing my children endure pain and sickness, I always feel bad when I have to administer medicine to them. When my youngest daughter was 13 months old, she caught a little bug. She had a horrible cough and rumbling congestion that could be heard when she was simply trying to breathe. Her pediatrician prescribed three different medications to aid in her recovery. Unfortunately, she was completely disgusted by the taste of the medicine and fought me each time I tried to give it to her. Even if I attempted to mask the taste by mixing it with her applesauce or yogurt, she would still protest. It literally took 15-20 minutes of her kicking, batting, crying and screaming to get those three medications down. By the time we were done, she would be so irate with me. On one occasion I remember her big sister running to console her. As she reached to hug and comfort her sister, the baby pushed her hand away and instead crawled towards me. My daughter was utterly confused! She asked, “Why is she running to you? You are the one making her take the medicine that she doesn’t like!” Her question was so innocent, yet so profound. It was actually a bit challenging and I would have dismissed it, but her fixated stare insisted on an answer. After several moments of silence, I conjured up a response. “Well, even though it is painful for her to take the medicine, she knows that I don’t mean to hurt her. She knows this because she trusts me and she trusts me because I have proven to her that I will take care of her and keep her safe. So even though it is painful right now, she understands that I love her and only have her best interest in mind. Therefore, she runs back to me so that I can comfort her during the painful process.”
The nod of her head indicated that she was satisfied with my explanation and she ran off to continue delighting in her 7-year-old life. However, I sat there and marveled at what God had just revealed to me!
In the midst of all of the painful situations that He allows us to endure, we need only to trust Him! Yes, it’s difficult to trust Him when mother died and we earnestly prayed for God to heal her or when “Mr.Right” for us, turned out to be the “Mr. Right” for everyone. And it’s equally challenging to believe that the pain you are experiencing will ever subside, but think back to God’s track record. He has already proven that He has our best interest in mind. Time and time again, He has shown that His intentions are not to hurt us, but He desires to care for us and keep us from harm. As He speaks to us in Jeremiah 29:11, God reminds us that He only desires to give us hope and a future.
The challenges that God has allowed to enter your life right now are similar to my daughter’s medicine. You have to learn to swallow some things just to get better. He didn’t design the circumstances to kill you; rather, they are going to refine you. As you deal with your sickness and the medicine that you must take, run back to the only One who has the power to comfort and keep you during this time.
I imagine God saying, “Well, even though it is painful for her, she knows that I don’t mean to hurt her. She knows this because she trusts Me and she trusts Me because I have proven to her that I will take care of her and keep her safe. So even though it is painful right now, she understands that I love her and only have her best interest in mind. Therefore, she runs back to Me so that I can comfort her during the painful process.” Sound slightly familiar?!
This pain that I am experiencing right now seems like a bit much to bear, but I trust You. If You allowed this set of circumstances to come upon me, then I know that You are here to comfort me every step of the way. When I am down, remind me of all of the miraculous things that You have already done in my life. Please hide me under Your shadow as we work through this pain. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today I EMPOWER you to take your medicine! I know that it’s a tough pill to swallow, but this painful situation is meant to bring wellness into your life. Trust that He is working all things together for your good! I EMPOWER you seek comfort from the Almighty. He has promised to be your comfort for the span of your life.
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Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur and a dedicated servant-leader. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and three lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.