Wednesday, February 7, 2007

distress & loving arms.

Distress & Loving Arms

While watching the superbowl last Sunday, Chino hit his head real hard & ended up with a really big bump on the left part of his head…He was crying, hurt & in pain… and his first reaction was to look for Mommy. (as usual...mommy got all nervous & scared).

Now there were many other people in the room to help comfort & pacify him… we even had nurses in the room at that time…I'm not a nurse or a doctor and I surely couldn't do anything to make the pain go away...and Chino knew that…but his natural instinct was to run to safe arms - arms that could give refuge, make him feel protected…make him feel loved. The pain he felt drove him to his Mommy. There's something about running into the arms of someone who you know loves you the most, especially when you are hurting. All I could do I did, I prayed for him, I put ice on his head, and I hugged him till he was pacified and felt that he was much better. I didn't really take the pain away, but I helped him through it…

Somehow being in loving arms does that…it helps pacify us and gives us peace – even if the pain is still there –it reassures you that somehow everything will be okay.

As I was doing my devotions the other day…this circumstance popped into my head as I was reading 2Corinthians 7:9-11a … hopefully this will help you, as it helped me, paint a realistic picture about this verse.

...You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from Him....Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets...And now, isn't it wonderful all the ways in which this distress has goaded you closer to God?...(msg)

"Let this distress bring you to God..."
DISTRESS is defined as:
1. great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble
2. a state of extreme necessity or misfortune.
3. liability or that which causes pain, suffering, trouble, danger, etc.
4. caused by or indicative of distress or hardship
5. to compel by pain or force of circumstances

"Goaded you closer to God..."



GOADS are:
1. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.

2. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
3. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite
4. according to reference.com, goaded means compelled forcibly
by an outside agency
*word references are from dictionary.com

Do not let painful circumstances drive you away from God or cause you not to trust Him, to let go of convictions, or to lose or waver in faith....let us also not use it as a way of blaming Him for the stupid things we get ourselves into or with whatever life throws at us. 80% of the time - we get "bumps on our heads" because we weren't careful enough to listen to His instructions anyway.

Another thing, when brought into a painful circumstance… there will be other options we can run to - like Chino could have – his aunt was there, nurses were there (which would've made more sense if he ran to them), his friends, mommy' s friends, pastors were there…and they all could've comforted him in a way that would've helped him…but instead he chose his mommy. Sometimes, loneliness, trouble & pain can cause us to run to other "arms". Sometimes those "other arms" make more sense to run to, sometimes it doesn't. Quick fixes will help – but only for a short while. In due time, we will find that we've bumped our heads again…and the 2nd or 3rd time around…it will hurt so much more.

Instead, let us learn to let the pain, the sadness, the distress, the suffering, the affliction to compel us to run to the arms of the One who loves us the most, our Loving Father. In His arms, we are comforted, we are secure, we are loved. Only in Him do we have hope… a future… a destiny… and although the reality of painful circumstances are there – we know that one day…everything will be okay…because we can trust Him. He is faithful to His Word which says He works out everything for the good of those who love Him. Hold steadfastly to Him...because ALL His promises are true.

1 Peter 4:12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner. (msg)

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