“I know pain, and I am sorry you hurt.”
I will never forget those words.
As I was doing rehab, there was a middle-aged man who had shattered his legs in a freak accident after a few years and 7 surgeries, a few steel rods and a couple of new knees he was learning to walk all over again, and the look on his face of pain was excruciating, the pain made him gray as the therapist tried to help him walk.
A few feet away from him was a young man, wheelchair-bound and almost unrecognizable as a human being, he had suffered burns over 75 percent of his body, one hand was gone, and he had two fingers on the other, his face seemed like a canvas of graphs clinging to one another he hadn’t healed much since he was burned, but he moved his wheel-chair over to the man, laid his fingers on him and said these words “ I know pain, and I am sorry you hurt,”
I sat in awe as this incredible scene, unfolded, and then the guy in tears hugged him and thanked him as they exchanged stories, both incredible but the young man's story went deeper, soul touching deeper.
As he told the story of how the ones who were supposed to love him, protect him, provide for him, had almost killed him, you see he had suffered greatly at the hands of his parents ,about 5 years ago they wanted to be free of their child and they set him on fire as he slept.
My heart sank as I heard these words, and then the young man told his new friend how God had spared him and has great plans for him, how every other day he gets to come in here and meet people, talk to them about Jesus and comfort others as he has been comforted.
There are no words that can describe the emotions of this day, no way I can ever forget the words I heard, the face I saw and the presence of the Holy Spirit I felt.
This young man knew great pain, but he knows greater joy, a joy that is beyond skin deep, this joy, this peace, this hope is found only in Jesus Christ.
I understand we all have pain, pain can be a game changer if we let it, we can surrender to that pain or surrender that pain to God every day, ( this is my prayer daily) I made a vow to not complain about how I feel, for I don’t know pain like this young man, he suffered physically and emotionally at the hands of his parents, but in that pain Jesus rescued him, for Jesus knows his pain, the same Jesus that knows his pain, knows my pain and your pain, and He took all of it, the physical, emotional and spiritual pain upon the cross and said “it is finished”declaring victory over it all for us, for by His stripes we are healed.
Wherever you are in life, know this there is a God, He cares deeply for us and has great plans for us,He loves you and I so much He left heaven took on human form as Jesus and gave His life as a payment for all our sins, He made a way for us to be reconnected to God the Father, He knows pain like no other, He was betrayed by a follower , abandoned by his friends, falsely accused of a crime He didn’t commit by religious leaders and crucified on a cross by the Roman Government, He died, was buried and rose again from the dead so we could be healed and set free from sin and death, and all He did, He did for us.
Are you missing joy, hope or peace they are only found in Christ Jesus.
God’s word says this:
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”John 16:33 CSB
“Who has believed what we have heard? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a young plant and like a root out of dry ground. He didn’t have an impressive form or majesty that we should look at him, no appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; he was despised, and we didn’t value him. Yet he himself bore our sicknesses, and he carried our pains; but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds. We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished him for the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, he did not open his mouth. He was taken away because of oppression and judgment; and who considered his fate? For he was cut off from the land of the living; he was struck because of my people’s rebellion. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, but he was with a rich man at his death, because he had done no violence and had not spoken deceitfully.”Isaiah 53:1-9 CSB
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith — more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire — may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9 CSB
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