Ouch, God! That Hurts!

This past Saturday evening, as my wife were preparing to "chill" ... our son called and asked if we could come over to his house. His one year old daughter had fallen and gashed her forehead and he and his wife had to take her to the ER. So we jumped into our car and raced over to his house so we could watch four year old Ella while they took Molly to the hospital. Once at the ER ... they were quickly escorted to an examination room (it was still early enough on Saturday evening that the waiting room was sparsely populated). When it came time to apply the glue to close the gash, Molly let it be known that she wanted NO PARTS of that! So ... as parents have done countless times with their little ones . . . my son and daughter-in-law had to hold Molly "down" so that the doctor could do his work.

Now ... were my son and his wife being mean to their daughter?Was the doctor evil in his intentions? Of course not! They were doing what they were doing for Molly's good. Yes ... they were causing her pain. But they were hurting Molly in order to heal her!

God often works that way with us. We are his children. He is our loving heavenly Father. And there are times when he needs to hurt us in order to heal us. Times when he allows us to suffer so we might grow. Numerous scriptures speak to this (see John 15:1-2; Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7). SO ... if you are hurting today, it just may be that the divine doctor of your soul wants to bring healing to you. A healing that will only happen as you go through the refining fire of trials.

Thanks for stopping by . . .
pj

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