This Christmas was different for me. Although Christmas is always a time of hope, and joy is found in that hope, it can also be a time when things that aren’t right about this world come to the surface and cause grief. For me, my battle with migraines was at the forefront as I have had one more often than not now for about 2 months. Because of this I’ve been, for the most part, laying low. I did our Christmas shopping online and somehow avoided most of the glitter, and often times confusing messages that come with this season. I had very little exposure to the world’s messages of Christmas and in many ways found my soul much more prepared to worship the king, born for us. The trial in which I find myself has granted me a clear message. I need a Savior! (Talk about a timely Christmas message!) This is obviously not a new message, but oh so clear and helpful. The physical suffering I’ve been experiencing has been doing 3 things in me.
1. The suffering is keeping me reliant. I need the Lord to help me to persevere. I need Him to strengthen and to grant perspective. The continuous migraines are helping me to walk minute by minute, hand in hand with Christ. I need a Savior!
2. The suffering is spotlighting my sin. It doesn’t take much time when you’re feeling terribly to realize that you are sinful. I’ve battled with anger, frustration, impatience, and the list goes on. By God’s grace and help by the Holy Spirit, I pray that this sin is being uprooted! I need a Savior!
3. The suffering is helping me to cry out for/long for my Savior. My body and soul are crying out to be saved from this broken world. I am longing for heaven and for my Savior to take me there. Come Lord Jesus, come quickly! I need a Savior!
1 Peter 1:3-9 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In 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 can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”