This morning before I go to the office I have to visit my mom’s family who had an accident two days ago. She is 97 years old and she fell and her hip was broke. Both her doctor and the whole family have decided that surgery is not an option in her case (considering to the age factor). We chose, instead, at-home hospice care. Essentially, were trying to keep her as comfortable as possible until the Lord decides to take her home to Heaven.
A question comes across into my mind. Why she got it all? In her old age why she still had a suffering and what does God want from this accident? She is a good great grandmother. She has a very good relationship with God and being an example to the entire family. My mom said:” My dear princess, this is what we called a God’s will” I am a bit pondering and suddenly I remember with a bible verse in a sermon few months ago which is talk about suffering.
“Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (1 Peter 4:19). This Bible verse becomes a basis of the sermon. Sometimes God’s will for His children is not comfort, but suffering. Yes, I do believe that is true. In fact, that may be the truth more often than you can imagine.
I am pondering again and slowly but sure began to understand. After the accident Many of her children, grand children, and great grand children have come around her bedside to pray with her and sing songs with her. God is receiving much, much glory because of all that is happening while she suffers. Imagine in your mind a bedroom filled with family members all praying and singing with loud voices to the glory of God! Through her suffering and pain we all entire family has more intimate relationship with God. God gave us blessing through the suffering.
If we read all of the 1 Peter 4 verses we will know that of all the verses dealing with God’s specific will for your life, one in particular is rather tough to swallow. It could be that God’s will for your life is not what you might personally consider a wonderful plan. It just might be that God’s desire for you is that you suffer, and suffer long, and suffer hard, and suffer painfully.
1 Peter 4 : 12 said : “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” continuing in verse 13 : “But rejoice in as much as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
Sometimes or might be often God using physical suffering to be amazing blessing to others. The sermon gave a story about Joni Eareckson Tada as an illustration. In 1967, and at the age of seventeen, Joni was injured in a diving accident that left her a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. No doubt, there were many nights that Joni spent by herself with no one other than God. And there were likely times when she would ask questions like, “Why me, God?” or “Why did you let this happen to me?” But as one looks back at Joni’s life since that life-altering day, you can’t help but notice how often God has used her to be an amazing blessing to others.
Joni has authored over seventy books, served on the National Council on Disability under President Reagan and President Bush, and more recently on the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. But as impressive a resume as that is, there are untold thousands of common folk who have been helped, encouraged, and ministered to by the positive outlook on life that Joni so eloquently models.
She has a heart of hurting people and grieves right alongside those in desperate need. I don’t think it to be a stretch in saying that it is highly unlikely she would have ever been used in the capacity she has obviously been used by God in, if she hadn’t had that terrible diving accident in 1967. God works in mysterious ways, indeed.
Does God care when His Children Suffer? Absolutely yes! When God’s children suffer, God also feels the pain. When Jesus was nailed to the cross for your sin, God the Father also felt the nail’s sting. Jesus endured God’s wrath for you. God understands your pain, and He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrew 13:5). But there are times when God’s plan might not be what you are expecting. Down through the centuries, millions of God’s people have been murdered, enslaved, and viciously beaten due to nothing more than their uncompromising Christian faith. But suffering comes in many different shapes and sizes, and not all suffering is created equal.
Through the suffering God wants us to entrusting our soul to a faithful Creator who will never leave or forsake us! He has our name written down in His Book of Life. Our acceptance is engraved on His hands. You will always be a part of God’s plan, for all eternity to come.