When Pain Is a Blessing

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32

For several months now I’ve been too busy to write, or have I? An increase in work responsibilities, summer activities, a soon-to-be senior, and my husband being out of town have made it difficult to find time to write. And I miss it. I prayed for some time to write, and it appears God has answered my prayer in an unusual way.

Somehow I injured my back. My physician has diagnosed me with a bulging disk. Wow. Now I’m limited on what I can do as I let my body heal. I’m not able to participate in physically strenuous activities, and some housework won’t get done for a few weeks. Now I find myself with time to write again.

I haven’t looked at my current project for at least three months. This morning I opened the file on my computer and began to read and write. When I write I feel connected to my Lord in a very special way. Oh how I have missed this precious time alone with my Savior. There is something refreshing and spiritually healing about solitude with God. This time is not just precious to me, it is necessary for my spiritual growth.

We can’t let the busyness of life get in the way of the necessities of life. Some of the tasks vying for our attention may seem urgent, but are not really necessary. Take a moment to decide if there are any urgent requests are taking time from what is truly important.

 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5


Blessings on your day.

Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

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7 thoughts on “When Pain Is a Blessing

  1. This has happened often to me too. My back has gone out, which I always hate at first, and then I realize that there is a beauty in it. Even though it is painful, it stops me, forces me to “be still and know that God is God”, and this too is a gift. Spending more time with our Savior is a wonderful gift. May you be abundantly blessed in this time with Jesus, being healed inside and out.

  2. Praying for God’s quick healing. Also praying for that precious extra quiet time to bear wonderful spiritual fruit! I have struggled with “finding time to write.” Like you said is it that I don’t have time to write or am I letting the unimportant get in the way. Thanks Julie! God always uses you to speak to my heart.

  3. I am also praying for a quick healing for your back. And I am praising God that you are using this “down” time to glorify Him! It’s a reminder to me that all things work for good for those of us who love Him. Even the painful things. Thank you for sharing this with us. You are a blessing.


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