A Sign from God

22 Aug

Riding in to work this morning, I saw a sign … A church sign that read something like this:  “Your pain touches God’s heart.”  WOW!!  True, and it sparked my thought process a little …

What pain do I really have???  I’d been thinking about this earlier this morning.  The pain a pastor feels is very unique.  And all across the spectrum.  Walking through the pain of death with church families you love.  Counseling through the pain of broken relationships.  Feeling sharp pain for a close friend who is in the crosshairs.  The pain of disease and suffering.  The list could go on.  (NOW, there is also GREAT JOY in this calling, too!!!  But the joy doesn’t leave scars)

And then, add to it the fact I’m a middle child.  So I have this massive fault in that I want everyone to be happy.  And, in a Southern Baptist church, that AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN.  I feel this pain for my family, who walk through my pain with me and can do NOTHING about it because I handcuff them.  I pray everyday that none of this will scar my children, that they will grow up to be vibrant, active KINGDOM BUILDERS for GOD!!  It’s most unfair for my wife.  She is the perfect partner for me, and she feels my pain like no one else.

And just when I think I could go buy a cake for this pity party, God steps in and reminds me:

  • HE LOVES ME
  • HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE ME
  • LIFE IS FULL OF PAIN FOR EVERYONE, NOT ONLY PASTORS
  • OUR FIGHT IS NOT WITH FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT WITH THE POWERS OF DARKNESS IN THIS WORLD
  • IF I TRUST THE HOLY SPIRIT, I WILL KNOW HE IS ALREADY AT WORK FOR ME INTERCEDING ON MY BEHALF AT GOD’S VERY THRONE

So my pain, be it ever so vain or prideful, really does touch the heart of God.  And so does yours!!

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