The past couple weeks, My girlfriend and I have been in a state of recovery. At the beginning of Johnson’s fall break, we both had our wisdom teeth taken out (I know… goals). After the procedure, we were both in pain. I had never been in surgery before so I learned that I don’t get along with anesthesia. Some people feel really good from anesthesia, but I just wanted to lay down and never get up.
After the surgery, the doctor gave my dad instructions for the upcoming week. This was the basic stuff of when to start brushing, eating regular food, and taking pain medicine. My dad skimmed it and just winged it. He got me a frosty from Wendy’s and let me sleep. My girlfriend, on the other hand, made sure that her dad studied and memorized the whole packet on how to take care of someone who had wisdom teeth surgery.
They treated us completely differently. Suz did everything according to the book, and I was loose with the instructions. Sadly, Suz ended up getting two dry sockets and I had none. That makes no sense. Why did Suz end up in pain when she did everything right, and why did I not have to go through that pain?
Sometimes the why behind pain is hidden so that we can find the who behind healing.
We can get so caught up in trying to explain the pain that we forget who is the healer. Pain wants your focus. There are times pain will try to fill your focus and try to take your joy.
In this time of wilderness, it is important to gain perspective on that situation. Wisdom, in one sense of the word, is to be aware and have perspective over your circumstance.
Job learned this lesson when everything in his life was stripped from him. He was a man without a home, wife, or life. So, Job did what any God-fearing man would do–cry out to God through lament and prayer. What I love about God is that he doesn’t give a long explanation of why or try to make excuses. God proceeds to show Job the majesty of his creation. He shows Job that everything has a purpose and that the universe is not something easily understood.
God gave Job perspective. He does the same thing with us through the cross.
The cross of Jesus allows us to see that God’s plan is bigger than ourselves. The question no longer becomes “Why am I going through pain?” and turns into “How can I help others in pain?” The Gospel in nature extends outwardly. As the month of Thanksgiving starts, think about how you can be the person someone else is thankful for. You live with pain but God offers perspective to help you through the trial and into your testimony.
For Your Name is my name and my name for Your Glory,
Forever and Ever, Amen.