What does it mean to suffer?Webster’s Dictionary states it as the following:1a:
to submit to or be forced to endure <suffer martyrdom> b: to feel keenly :
labor under <suffer thirst> 2: Undergo, experience 3:
to put up with especially as inevitable or unavoidable 4: to allow
especially by reason of indifference. So
what does that mean anyway and how does it apply to me?
Suffering is a
dilemma I struggle with daily.Watching
the struggles of those I love is hard to do, knowing I can do nothing
physically to alleviate their pain.The
emotional toll that suffering takes on a human being is enormous.I relate it to a roller coaster ride of highs
and lows, good days and bad, depending on which loop it is on at the moment.
Before my husband’s last surgery, I thought I would
scream!Would it ever end? The man
is tough but he is not invincible and he is suffering.Why?He loves the Lord with all his heart.What could he have possibly done to deserve this?
It was a little ironic that his thirty-fifth surgery hit on
Easter weekend.I was asking myself that
question right when I was remembering Jesus Christ’s suffering and
sacrifice.It is truly amazing how God
works, isn’t it?
The Holy Spirit gave me this scripture to give suffering a
only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering
produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because
God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has
been given to us.
Oh, I still hate the roller coaster ride but I know I am not
alone.I have an almighty God on my side
and He will give us the strength to get through whatever lies ahead.