Sometimes life just hurts. You can try to avoid. You can try to manage. But when it is all said and done most of us are the walking wounded.
I was telling a friend recently that I hate the situation that I am in. So much pain and disbelief that what has happened is now a seemingly permanent part of my life. It's not fair. It hurts. It is. And there is no way around it. I told her that I just need to accept it...embrace it...run with it. But how do you run with it when you want to run away from it???
A few hours after that conversation I sat out on our sunny deck...little did I know that God had sat down beside me. As I did my Bible study,To Stand and Not Be Moved: Strengthening Your Faith to Face Life's Challenges (Fran Sciacca Series), I had an ephinany. I am a mere "resident-stranger". This world is not my home. I will not be stuck forever in this painful situation. I will be moving on at some point. Even if it means that death will change my circumstances. All of these concepts I have realized before, but it was like God was whispering in my ear, "You don't have to live with this forever."
I think I'll hold out for the grand finale instead of holding on to the pain...
Instead, they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. Hebrews 11:16