As many of you know, my family has been going through a difficult season. My Dad has been battling various types of cancer for 2 years now. 3 months ago the doctors said there was nothing more they could do medically to heal the cancer and estimated my Dad had 6 months to live. As you can imagine, this was heart-wrenching. We are still stunned and devastated, but choosing daily to cling to Jesus.
Recently my Mom sent me this poem and she added: “Unfortunately, this is true!”
Pathway of Pain
If my days were untroubled and my heart always light,
would I seek that fair land where there is no night?
If I never grew weary with the weight of my load,
would I search for God’s peace at the end of the road?
If I never knew sickness and never felt pain,
would I search for a hand to help and sustain?
If I walked without sorrow and lived without loss,
would my soul seek solace at the foot of the cross?
If all I desired was mine day by day,
would I kneel before God and earnestly pray?
If God sent no winter to freeze me with fear,
would I yearn for the warmth of spring every year?
I ask myself these questions and the answer is plain,
If my life were pleasure and I never knew pain—
I’d seek God less often and need Him much less,
For God is sought more often in times of distress.
And no one knows God or sees Him as plain
As those who have met Him on the pathway of pain.
I responded back to her email with the following:
So true, but also amazing how we can learn from the journey of others. And how others are experiencing some of this from our journey- without having to go through it themselves.
I know that we’re not alone. You may be walking through a difficult season too. This life can be SO hard, but I’m SO thankful that God is in control of every itty bitty detail. Whatever you are walking through right now, I promise YOU that God is right there with you and even though your situation may make no sense to you- He is in control and has your best interest in mind! May you cling to Him through each step of the journey- on those good and bad days.
One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG):
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
Run to God! Run from evil!
What do you need to trust God with today?